UPDATE: Due to high winds the skydive has been rescheduled for Sunday. You can watch Felix Baumgartner’s record skydiving attempt live here.
UPDATE: After a brief weather delay, the mission is back on. Fearless Felix is scheduled to make his record breaking jump later this afternoon. The live broadcast will start at noon CST.
Fearless Felix Baumgartner is about to skydive from the edge of space and you can watch it live online.
The Red Bull Stratos skydiver will jump from a balloon at 120,000 feet later this afternoon. The jump was scheduled to go off this morning but the team is currently waiting for proper weather conditions.
Meteorologist Don Day said:
“We’re going to stick it out…stick it out here for a couple hours because we may see more optimal launch conditions develop later this morning. There’s an indication that those upper level winds may drop, it’s just an indication but we want to take advantage of it if it begins to develop. We’ve got everybody here the crew is ready to go and fired up. Just a matter of waiting a little bit longer. So we’re going to see what develops between now and 9:30.”
You can watch the jump live at Redbullstratos.com, Youtube, or on the video embedded below. The jump will be filmed from the ground but Baumgartner will also have several cameras strapped to him during the jump.
You can also get live updates about the mission at the Red Bull blog. The last update, posted at about 10:00 am, said that Baumgartner and his team were getting the balloon ready for its historic flight.
Here’s a video of Felix Baumgartner and his record breaking skydive jump.
Baumgartner, 41, is expected to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft. The skydiver will reach speeds close to 700 mph during his record breaking 22 mile free fall.
Baumgartner is excited to set a new record but also hopes that his jump furthers the field of aviation. Baumgartner said:
“This mission is all about pioneer work … Maybe one day people will look back and say it was Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team that helped to develop the suit that they’re wearing in space. We want to do something for posterity.”
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