Baumgartner Completes Test Jump from 29.5 Kilometers

Baumgartner prepares to jump (Credits: Red Bull Stratos).

Felix Baumgartner, supported by the Red Bull Stratos team, took a 90 minute helium balloon ride in a capsule to an altitude of 29,455 meters on July 30. Then he jumped out.

Baumgartner is preparing for a record breaking skydive from an altitude of 36,576 m in August. In March, he successfully completed a similar test from 21,818 m.

The space community is keeping an eye on Red Bull Stratos developments, since their progress in pressurized suit design and escape systems may be useful for astronauts down the road.

Watch Baumgartner’s latest jump below:

 

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