Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic jump was cancelled due to high winds, a disappointment for the entire Red Bull Stratos team.
The balloon was being inflated at the launch site in the New Mexico desert when the mission had to be aborted due to gusty winds. Baumgartner, 43, has been preparing for 5 years to break the altitude record.
“That was a total disappointment, honestly. But as long as we have a spare balloon, and as long as we have more launch opportunities, I’m good,” Baumgartner said later.
A Red Bull Stratos team spokeswoman later that as the weather is getting worse, no new jump attempts will be made until Thursday. If the mission is successful, Baumgartner will be the first parachutist to break the sound barrier, but not the first man who did this. Back in 1996, Bill Weaver who was a test pilot in an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, was ejected over the US at Mach 3.18, which is three times faster than the speed of sound.
Baumgartner will not only try to break the sound barrier, but also the record of 102,800 feet (31,333m) for the highest-altitude freefall, set by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger in 1960.