Felix Baumgartner, jump into the stars

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Only 2 years ago, on the 14th of October 2012, Felix Baumgartner did a performance that the whole world still remembers. This Austrian skydiver born on the 20th April 1969 (exactly 3 months before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon-landing), had performed a freefall from a pod driven by a helium-filled balloon from an altitude of 39 km, thus beating the record of the highest freefall ever performed. During his fall, he reached a speed of 1357 km/h, becoming the first man to break the sound barrier in a free fall. This record for the highest freefall has, however, just been beaten a few days ago by Alan Eustace, one of Google’s directors who, this time jumped from an altitude of 41.42 km. This has began a race for records of this kind and we must expect to see more freefalls one after the other. But in any case, it will always be that of Felix Baumgartner which will remain etched in the collective memory. I’ll always remember what he said just before taking off into emptiness “I know that the whole world is watching me right now. I would have wanted to show you what I am seeing right now. Sometimes you need to go to immense heights to understand how small we are… I’m going home now.”

Felix Baumgartner’s jump

The jump with multicam and navigations instruments (altitude, speed, G force…)

The full video (Duration: 1h18min)

Alan Eustace’s jump – 24 october 2014

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