You all no doubt remember Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian superbadass who jumped out of a balloon last year 128,000 feet above the earth and hit 843.6 mph with his body because Red Bull asked him to. Now he has been called to perform an equally dangerous task: drive the obscenely efficient Volkswagen XL1.
It turns out that supersonic man Felix Baumgartner was even more supersonic than we previously thought. He actually reached 843.6 miles per hour (1,357.6 km/h), which is 1.25 the speed of sound. His heart rate was extremely high at the exact time of the jump—understandably!
The human body, plummeting toward the Earth's surface from 128,000 feet above it, can create the shockwave known as the sonic boom. People watching throught they heard something, and scientists confirmed it. His body broke the sound barrier.
We saw it from the outside. We saw grainy footage from his point of view. But now Red Bull has released the official chest camera footage of Sunday's Stratos Space Jump.
Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a Red Bull sponsored capsule 24 miles above Earth. He broke the speed of sound. He didn't disintegrate or die.
While Austrian superbadass Felix Baumgartner was setting new records by jumping out of a capsule more than 20 miles above the surface, everyone out in the Twitterverse did what they do to break the tension: they cracked jokes about the situation, often at the expense of Red Bull, the sponsor of the event and…
At this moment, we're excitedly waiting for the winds to die down so that professional badass Felix Baumgartner can ride a balloon to more than 20 miles above the earth's surface, then jump out, breaking the sound barrier in the process. Watch the Red Bull space jump live here.
On Tuesday, October 9th, Felix Baumgartner will participate in the final stage of the Red Bull Stratos project, the highest sky diving mission in history.
Our planet never seems more beautiful than from a distance. Extreme jumper Felix Baumgartner brought back this amazingly distant view — from 71,580 feet above the surface — before jumping out of his space capsule and hurtling home at 365 mph in his quest to hit supersonic speeds without an aircraft.
When Air Force pilot Joe Kittinger jumped out of a ballon gondola from 102,800 feet in August 1960, he set four aerospace records which stand to this day. Red Bull and a mad Austrian skydiver are about to break them. And Kittinger is on board.