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Watch: Incredible Headcam Video from Felix’s Freefall

Felix Baumgartner salutes his suit-mounted camera before stepping off his capsule’s platform at 128,000 feet (Red Bull Stratos)

Yesterday, October 14, Austrian pilot and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner became the first person to skydive from over 128,000 feet, breaking the sound barrier during his 4 minute, 20 second plummet from the “edge of space.” A new video from Red Bull Stratos includes views from Felix’s suit-mounted cameras as he drops through virtually no atmosphere, smoothly at first but then going into a wild spin… but eventually stabilizing himself for the remainder of his fall and opening his chute at just over 6,000 feet. Incredible!

Check out the video below:

Here’s how Baumgartner described the spin and how he got out of it during the press conference after his jump yesterday:

“It started out really good because my exit was perfect, I did exactly what I was supposed to do… It looked like for a second I was going to tumble two more times and then get it under control, but for some reason that spin became so violent over all axis and it was hard to know how to get out of it, because, if you are trapped in a pressurized suit – normally as a skydiver you can feel the air and get direct feedback from the air — but here you are trapped in a suit that is pressurized at 3.5 PSI so you don’t know how to feel the air. It is like swimming without touching the water. And it’s hard because every when time it turns you around you have to figure out what to do. So I was sticking my arm out and it became worse and then I stuck arm out the other side and it became less, so I was fighting all the way down to regain control because I wanted to break the speed of sound. And I hit it. I don’t know how many seconds, but I could feel air was building up and then I hit it.”

So, in that quote, Baumgartner seemed to describe that he could feel when he broke the speed of sound, but in answering the next question of how it felt, he kind of backtracked and said he didn’t feel it.

“It’s hard to describe because I didn’t feel it. When you are in the pressure suit, you don’t feel anything, it is like being in a cast…. We have to look at the data – at what point did it happen — was I still spinning or was I under control? If you want to chart speed you need a reference point of things that pass you by, or sound, or your suit if flapping. I didn’t have that.”

Read more about Baumgartner’s record (and sound!) -breaking achievement and see lots more images and video here.

ADDED: A version of the video showing his chute opening (and with some background music added) can be found here on iloveskydiving.org.

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  • Aqua4U October 15, 2012, 4:54 PM

    That spin, if if had continued or accelerated, might have been the end of Felix’s attempt? He should consider himself a lucky man…..

  • meekGee October 15, 2012, 5:15 PM

    How is this a headcam if you can see his head?
    I think this was the navel cam.

    (Unless that’s not his head, of course)

    • Eugene Seow October 16, 2012, 8:14 AM

      The camera is actually mounted on his chest pack

  • bugzzz October 15, 2012, 7:56 PM

    WOW, that’s insane. Even just watching the video makes me queasy. And the 700mph spin??? I’m gonna wait until I’m a ghost before I try that shiz.

  • Jonathan May October 15, 2012, 9:44 PM

    Cannonbaaaalllllll!

  • Tim Amato October 15, 2012, 10:07 PM

    I’m not sure what forces were impacting his body at such a high altitude, but he had to have air to have any kind of control. I’ve made twelve jumps as a novice and I can tell you that all of my jumps were below the point at which felix opened his main shute. He could of easily had the record for time of freefall also. Unless his visor was still frosted and he was just being more careful.

    • willy Mcknight October 17, 2012, 4:23 AM

      He said in the conference, that he was going to pull his shoot at the designated altitude (I forget how high) but that was what the plan was. Sure he could have probably opened later but that wasn’t what the plan was. You have a game plan you stick by it, that’s how you avoid mistakes that could cause your death.

      • Tim Amato October 17, 2012, 3:42 PM

        I believe the live video mentioned his main shute opened at 5000 feet, he could have easily had at least 30 more seconds more freefall. The video above shows him wiping his visor with his hand. They must have put in another layer of safety for every contingency.

  • massmurdoch October 16, 2012, 1:30 AM

    It must have looked awesome before it was removed. Sigh.

  • Ookmon October 16, 2012, 4:41 AM

    This video has been removed by the user.

    Sorry about that.

  • Bill & Perlie October 16, 2012, 7:24 AM

    The video is blank???

  • Shaun Robertson October 16, 2012, 7:29 AM

    Damn, the video has been removed. Please could you repost? Would love to see it

  • Loomy Dano Mišurda October 16, 2012, 8:08 AM
  • Immortal Melvyn M Lusterio October 17, 2012, 5:45 PM

    Amazing! Felix is very brave. Congratulations for a successful supersonic skydive!

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