Here's how Felix Baumgartner's high-altitude dive will work

Felix Baumgartner's attempt to set a record-breaking high-altitude jump from 23 miles above Earth was delayed on Monday, but should happen sometime later today. Here's what you can expect.

Weather conditions permitting, well-known daredevil Felix Baumgartner will enter a six-foot-diameter pressurized capsule and ascend to 120,000 feet via a high altitude balloon. When he hits the right altitude, he'll begin his jump.

Within about 40 seconds he will have accelerated enough to break the sound barrier — also a new record, in addition to the altitude. As he falls he enters thicker air that could have a deadly effect; it could cause him to suddenly spin out of control and lose consciousness. If that happens he risks being unable to deploy his parachute.

If all goes well, his free fall should last an incredible five and a half minutes, and he will deploy his chute at 5,000 feet.

Should his attempt be success it will set the new world record for a high altitude jump. The current record was set in 1960 by United States Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger, who is now serving as a consultant on Baumgartner's attempt.

Check out the infographic below for all the details on Baumgartner's jump and his specialized equipment necessary for such a high altitude free-fall.



Via Space.com

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