Gary we were wondering what Felix would be thinking:
Felix Baumgartner's preliminary World Records claim received | FAI
It was a part of a planned series of three jumps designed to break three FAI World Records:
- Exit Altitude
- Vertical Distance of Freefall (without drogue or stabilization device)
- Maximum Vertical Speed (without drogue or stabilization device) The FAI congratulates Felix Baumgartner on his great achievement.
Source: Baumgartner breaks the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record |FAI
There is a very good read here: BBC News - Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier
And Gary, to answer your earlier question:
Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30
Do you see any irony that this project is based in Roswell NM?
Yes I can with the space, and Area 51 angle, but for prep, launch, and recovery it was the best location considering the weather, and population centers.
At one point the ascent the team calculated that Felix would make Dallas before his jump. But, with later readings he was only about 42miles east from where he took off (Roswell airport)
Coincidentally, Baumgartner's feat also marked the 65th anniversary of U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager successful attempt to become the first man to officially break the sound barrier aboard an airplane.