Felix Baumgartner, an Australian daredevil, will jump from space trying to be the first man to break the speed of sound.
He will jump tonight and his jump to earth will be live streamed online at 11:30pm (AEDT), being filmed by more than 35 cameras located on the ground, in the air and on Baumgartner’s suit. Baumgartner will be taken to 120,000 feet by a capsule to the edge of the stratosphere to perform the jump for which he has been training for 5 years. He will be in a freefall for about 5 minutes before he will open his parachute at 5,000 feet and float back to the ground.
One of the biggest risks of this jump is spinning out of control, exerting G forces and making him lose consciousness. Therefore the controlled dive from the capsule is of utmost importance, putting him in a head-down position, which will increase speed.
“On a mission like this, you need to be mentally fit and have total control over what you do, and I’m preparing very thoroughly,” said Baumgartner.
He hopes to break the speed of sound, achieve the highest ever jump and the fastest speed in freefall. The Red Bull Stratos mission has a team of 100 experts and centers on the launch site in Roswell, New Mexico.