Last Sunday (October 14, 2012), Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go supersonic, reaching an estimated speed of 1,342.8 km/h (834.37 mph). To accomplish this, he jumped from the edge of space (stratosphere). This amazing 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) feat took place exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Continue reading to see more, including a headcam video.
“It was an incredible up and down today, just like it’s been with the whole project,” a relieved Baumgartner said. “First we got off with a beautiful launch and then we had a bit of drama with a power supply issue to my visor. The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I’d just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness. I didn’t feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We’ll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”