Chuck Yeager was the first to break the sound barrier and today Felix Baumgartner wants to be the first to break it with the human body, limited by nothing more than the suit he wears to protect himself from the biting cold on his way back to earth from the edge of space.
I am writing this as Felix is on the assent into space and is about 34,000 feet in altitude. The concern at this point is the jet stream – winds that can clock over a hundred miles an hour. The jet stream flows across this tiny blue planet until about 45,000 feet.
Since he’s up in the jet stream, you might be wondering if Felix is sharing jet space with planes at cruising altitude, but alas… no. This is a good thing. I would hate to think Felix would be the victim of a fly by hit and run. The FAA has placed a no-fly zone in place for today’s launch.
I’m hoping the rest of this goes well… after all, Felix has dared to cross limits that man hasn’t crossed before. Maybe if we all did something like this once in a while, the world would be a much better place.
If you are interested in watching the rest of launch, the hang time and the fall from the edge of space, here’s the link for you. Take care…