Felix Baumgartner’s second manned test jump, which was originally scheduled for today, isn’t happening just yet.
The 90,000-foot jump from the skies above Roswell, New Mexico, as part of Red Bull Stratos has been postponed due to unfavorable weather. Baumgartner and his team have been planning the project for five years, so it's no suprise that conditions for the jumps have to be absolutely perfect.
“We have a great team assembled,” said mission representative Joe Kittinger, a record-setting balloonist who also holds the freefall record that Baumgartner is trying to break. “But the balloon is extremely fragile and we must have absolutely calm winds. It takes patience to get just the right weather conditions.”
This spring Baumgartner and his crew completed a successful test jump from 71,580 feet. The final jump will happen in the next few months -- and only after the second test jump is completed.
The Stratos project has the world’s top aerospace and military minds working with Baumgartner to break the record set by Kittinger's 1960 Excelsior jump, which was from 102,800 feet. Kittinger has been by Baumgartner’s side as part of the team, and he’ll be cheering him on when he breaks the speed of sound during the final, adrenaline-charged, 120,000-foot leap. Until then, once conditions are perfect we can look out for his second test jump and bite our nails imagining what it’s like to step into a pressurized suit and leap from the edge of space.
Baumgartner and the Stratos team will attempt another launch at the earliest opportunity.
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