VIDEO: Red Bull Stratos Free Fall Jump From Space Planned for Oct. 9

UPDATED: An extreme athlete and skydiver plans to make a record 23-mile free fall. It's to be carried on YouTube and elsewhere online.

Updated 1:49 p.m., Oct. 9: The launch has been aborted due to high winds, according to the livestream. Stay tuned here for details.


Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner is making plans for a record 23-mile free fall from the stratosphere on Tuesday, Oct. 9. And you can watch it live on Patch, courtesy of YouTube.

According to the Huffington Post, the Red Bull Stratos effort has a "50-50 chance" of coming off as planned Tuesday. Baumgartner, a former military parachutist from Austria, plans to take off in a large helium balloon that would take him into the stratosphere above New Mexico.

The jump could make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter other world records.

Winds on the ground reportedly were an ideal 1 to 2 mph, but were 20 mph at the balloon-top level of 700 feet before sunrise.

If successful, Baumgartner will break the record of Joseph Kittinger, who jumped from 102,800 feet (about 19.4 miles) in 1960, YouTube reported.

Energy drink maker Red Bull, which is sponsoring the feat, has been promoting a live stream of the event from nearly 30 cameras on the capsule, the ground and a helicopter. Hoever, organizers said there will be a 20-second delay in their broadcast of footage in case of a tragic accident. Watch this feed at http://www.redbullstratos.com/live

-- What are your thoughts on this mission? Tell us in the comments below.

mich tnomas October 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
This man is crazy awesome.


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