Felix is a pilot and started parachute jumping at age 16. After a few years of initiation, first, and improvement, later, this Austrian adventurer dedicated himself to making base jumps. The base jump is made from fixed platforms at a much lower height, demanding great precision by having to open the parachute and land with much less reaction time.
After making a couple of experimental jumps at about 22,000 meters high this year, the moment of truth has arrived for Felix and all the team of scientists, doctors and mechanics behind the project Red Bull Stratos: The Final Jump.
Its pressurized capsule will ascend to the stratosphere thanks to a huge helium balloon.
Felix's good will come out of his capsule and rush to the earth's surface from 36,500 meters high, meter above, meter below. The temperature in that area can be around -60 degrees Celsius.
The objective is to exceed the speed of sound in its descent and, according to the graph that can be seen on the official website, Felix will be falling to more than 1,250 km / h sometime in the more than 5 minutes of free fall. Locurón, locurón.
A team of 35 cameras will offer the entire mission, since launch -at 2 p.m. on October 9, peninsular time- until the - hopefully - triumphant landing.
On January 2004, my 4,300-meter jump was aborted due to weather conditions, as was the Red Bull challenge, which should have happened today. Hopefully tomorrow we can all witness such a historical leap.
They broadcast it on TVE - I don't know if the 1 or the 2- but you can also follow any of the options given by the official website.
Official Site (In English) Red Bull Stratos