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Watch Live: Felix Baumgartner’s Record Breaking Jump Attempt

UPDATE: The launch/jump attempt for Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos mission on October 9 has been aborted due to winds at the launch site in Roswell, New Mexico. At first, there was a 5 hour weather delay, then a radio system malfunction which was fixed, and then the winds became too high. Winds have to relatively benign for the huge balloon to take off. The balloon used for this mission is three times larger than any other human balloon flight.

Felix Baumgartner will leap from nearly 37 km (23 miles, 120,000 feet), attempting to not only break the sound barrier with his body, but also break the record for the longest freefall

We’ll provide updates and post the live video feed for future attempts. The weather for the rest of the week remains “iffy,” however.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • briansheen October 10, 2012, 8:18 AM

    Re balloon size is it really 3 times larger than the Qinetic balloon of a few years ago. To be sure this one malfunctioned and never flew but was about to carry 2 men to an even greater height.

    Roseland Observatory.

  • briansheen October 11, 2012, 9:04 AM

    Had a quick check re Qinetic balloon its volume was to be 40 million cu ft. Felix’s is stated as 30 million cu ft. I know facts in balloon work are pretty changeable – it all depends how they are measured.

    Roseland Observatory.

  • briansheen October 11, 2012, 9:06 AM

    Small correction it should be QinetiQ but pronounced as I wrote it