Skyfall: Felix Baumgartner Describes His Record-Breaking Jump
October 15, 2012
Felix Baumgartner speaks of the emotional strain after his record-breaking skydive that saw him fall faster than the speed of sound. Preliminary figures show the Austrian skydiver reached a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour (1,342 kilometers per hour). That amounts to Mach 1.24, which is faster than the speed of sound. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit. Baumgartner said that traveling faster than sound was "hard to describe." With no reference points, "you don't know how fast you travel," he said after the jump. The altitude he leaped from also marked the highest ever for a skydiver -- more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for a jetliner. At Baumgartner's insistence, some 30 cameras on the capsule, the ground and a helicopter recorded the event on Sunday. While it had been pegged as a live broadcast, organizers said was actually under a 20-second delay in case of a tragic accident.
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