Early Monday morning Australia time, in Roswell, New Mexico, Red Bull Stratos, the mission to the edge of space, made history, with Felix Baumgartner's live jump from 128,097 feet breaking three world records.
In front of a global audience of millions who watched the mission live, Felix took off at 2.31am AEST, ascending to a total of 39.4 kilometres in a stratospheric balloon before jumping out.
After deploying his parachute and landing safely on the ground, it was mission accomplished as the team celebrated the unique achievement which includes the breaking of three world records and which will also provide future aerospace projects with a wealth of research and data.
Felix's record breaking achievements:
- Fastest freefall: Felix's top speed during freefall was over 1000 km/h
- Freefall from highest altitude: 128,097 feet (previous record: 102,800 feet).
- Highest manned balloon flight: Float altitude of 128,097 feet (previous record: 113,740 feet).