Supersonic Skydiver Aims To Take The Plunge On Oct. 8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (September 25, 2012)—Daredevil skydiver will attempt to go supersonic in less than two weeks when he jumps from a record altitude of 23 miles over New Mexico.

Project managers announced Tuesday the attempt will take place Oct. 8.

The Austrian parachutist jumped from 13 miles in March and 18 miles in July, but this time, he hopes to break the all-time record of 19.5 miles set in 1960.

Baumgartner's capsule was damaged in the latest practice jump and has been repaired and retested.

A giant helium balloon will hoist the pressurized capsule with Baumgartner inside, dressed in a pressure suit.

Takeoff will be from Roswell, N.M.

Baumgartner expects to reach a top speed of 690 miles per hour and break the sound barrier with only his body.


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