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Many know Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, daredevil, and BASE jumper, for his death-defying jump to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere back in 2012, but what if there was an easier way to practice skydiving? The Ascent Pod is designed just for that task, as it’s basically a miniature one-person rocket. “The base of the rocket pod houses turbine jets which provide extremely high power to weight ratio and allow the appropriate thrust required to propel the Ascent over 150 km/h up to altitudes of 15,000 feet”, said Charles Bombardier, its creator. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Looking from the outside, you’ll find large glass windows on the fuselage that provide immersive views of your surroundings during the maximum climb. You can choose to skydive at 12,000 feet, or simply enjoy the view ride the rocket right back down to Earth. When not in use, it can easily be transported on a small trailer.