At the level of desperation for an ultra high sky dive, Felix Baumgartner of Austria was unlucky to make his record jump due to unfavorable weather conditions. My bewilderment was to read the speed with which this braveheart is gonna fall down on earth.
The daredevil revives my skydiving adrenaline rush! Upon reading his jump calculations, experts suggest that he would reach a speed of Mach 1 – 690mph 1,110km/h) at the target altitude – within 40 seconds.
It would be the first ever record of the highest jump in the human history.
Previously such a dive was attempted by retired US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger, whose altitude was 102,800ft (31.3km) while Baumgartner’s altitude is more than 120,000ft (36.5km). At that altitude pressure of oxygen is 2% of what is at sea level, making it impossible to breathe without a promising oxygen supply.
Since 2005, Austrian adventurer had been planning and accumulating his resources to attempt the jump of his career that had been previously tried by others who unfortunately lost their lives during the dive.
Felix is desperate to break a milestone of skydiving records of the past 50 years. Meteorologists have suggest a suitable weather giving him a good to go on this Thursday for his jump.
Speaking the loss of lives, this news thrills me and surprises me at the same time, reinforcing my dream to skydive atleast once in my lifetime!