Baumgartner Launch Postponed by Winds
Felix Baumgartner's record jump attempt was postponed for the second time Tuesday, October 9.
October 9, 2012 - Felix Baumgartner's record parachute jump attempt from the edge of space was aborted at 11:42 a.m. MDT on Tuesday in Roswell, New Mexico, according to the Red Bull Stratos team.
"From early morning the team postponed the launch due to strong winds at 700 feet - the balloon's top - waiting for the right weather window to open. The launch was scheduled for 11:40 a.m., the balloon inflation had begun, and then gusty winds picked up and made a launch impossible," the team stated.
Baumgartner is attempting to ascend to 120,000 feet (23 miles) to break the longstanding freefall record (100,000 feet) set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger. Baumgartner could also establish four other world records including the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall before parachuting to the ground. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday but was delayed by the weather.
"At this stage the mission team is closely monitoring possible new launch days before a green light is given for another countdown," it added. "Progress will be communicated as it happens."
Follow developments at the Red Bull Stratos website.