Red Bull Stratos Completes Second Test Jump From 96k Feet
Austrian Felix Baumgartner completed his second test jump this morning in his hopes to beat the world record for highest free fall.
Today, daredevil Baumgartner jumped from 96,640 feet above earths surface, nearly 18-miles. Baumgartner was falling for 3m 48s after stepping out from his (and Red Bull's) custom built capsule which is propelled by a balloon. Baumgartner experienced speeds reaching 536 mph during his decent.
Today's jump signified the second of three jumps Baumgartner is doing. His third and final jump will be from ~120,000ft above earths surface, breaking the jump record of 102,800 feet set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger. Kittinger is one of Baumgartner's lead advisors for Red Bull Stratus.