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Baumgartner to Attempt Record “Spaceflight” Jump Early Next Month

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 25-Sep-2012
Updated: 25-Sep-2012 07:31 PM

After two successful practice jumps earlier this year, daredevil Felix Baumgartner is set to complete what his team hopes will be a triple record-breaking jump from “the edge of space” on October 8, according to sponsor Red Bull Stratos.

To prepare for his attempt to be the first human to break the speed of sound in freefall from a high altitude balloon at 120,000 feet, Baumgartner completed two practice jumps: the first from 71,500 feet and, last July, from 96,640 feet. Both tests were successful and helped pave the way for what Red Bull Stratos is calling a commercial “spaceflight” jump from the edge of space”.

In addition to setting several new records, including longest freefall, the stunt aims to contribute medical and scientific data that could support future human spaceflight missions. If successful, Baumgartner will also give an end to a process that has been in the making for almost two years.

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