Years of planning, preparation, and setbacks all come to a head on Monday, October 8th as Felix Baumgartner will attempt to set a new world record in skydiving. It is an incredibly dangerous feat that will require free-falling through near vacuum and then breaking the sound barrier with his own body, but after months of postponed jumps Baumgartner is finally ready to make his way into the history books.
The amount of equipment and support crew needed to make the jump happen make it look more like a NASA mission than an adrenalin junkie’s energy drink promotion. In order for Baumgartner to reach the edge of the atmosphere, it has required the invention of a new type of weather balloon-lofted space capsule. As the capsule takes him to the jump height of 23 miles, it will be tracked the whole way by a full mission control room that will have the old record holder, Joe Kittinger, in attendance. Once he reaches altitude, Baumgartner will plummet through the nearly airless void in a specially designed pressure suit, hoping not to loose too much control before he enters the more navigable air of the upper atmosphere. Needless to say, no matter what amount of preparation has gone into it, this skydive will still be an extremely dangerous stunt.