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Baumgartner breaks the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record

Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.

Baumgartner-gartner-16435Baumgartner on the day of the world record
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The 43 year old Austrian Baumgartner was carried high up in the sky by a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, he exited the capsule at an altitude of 21’818 meters (71'581 feet) and achieved a jump during which he reached the staggering record speed of 587 km per hour.

The jump took place on 15 March 2012 in Roswell, New Mexico, USA, a place steeped in the history of high altitude balloon launches. It was a part of a planned series of three jumps designed to break three FAI World Records:
-    Exit Altitude
-    Vertical Distance of Freefall (without drogue or stabilization device)
-    Maximum Vertical Speed (without drogue or stabilization device)

The FAI congratulates Felix Baumgartner on his great achievement.

FAI Record File Num #16435
Region: World
Class: G (Parachuting)
Sub-Class: G-2 (Performance Records)
Category: General
Group: Speed Records
Type of record: Vertical speed without drogue
Performance: 587 km/h
Date: 2012-03-15
Course/Location: Roswell, NM (USA)
Claimant Felix Baumgartner (AUT)