Friday, 22 February 2013 11:31
The FAI has today ratified the 3 world records claimed by Austrian parachutist Felix Baumgartner for Maximum Vertical Speed, Exit Altitude and Vertical Distance of Freefall.
On 14 October 2012 and supported by a team of experts from the Red Bull Stratos Mission, Felix took off from Roswell, USA, aboard a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, Felix was carried high into the sky up to an altitude of 38969.4m, where he exited the capsule and launched himself down towards Earth. Felix achieved a freefall distance of 36402.6 m and reached the speed of 1357.6 km/h before opening his parachute and landing safely on the ground.
Monday, 15 October 2012 14:50
The FAI has just received the prelimary claim for Felix Baumgartner's World Records.
The following figures must be ratified before the FAI can officially approve the World Records.
Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:45
Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.
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.
Friday, 05 August 2011 18:08
Students and professor from the Brazilian University UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – Federal University of Minas Gerais State) joined forces to design and build an aircraft that broke no less than four World Records!
Friday, 22 October 2010 00:23
The FAI has officially recognised three World Records achieved during a Solar Impulse's flight.
On 7 July, the Solar Impulse prototype HB-SIA took off from the Payerne airbase (Switzerland). For more than 26 hours, André Borschberg expertly piloted the aircraft whose wingspan reaches 64 meters. The plane was up in the air for the whole day on 7 July, then through the entire night, flying solely on solar energy stored in the batteries during the day, and landed safely on 8 July.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:05
PAYERNE, 10 MARCH 2010 – FAI Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez was among 250 official guests to attend the arrival of Solar Impulse, the revolutionary solar-powered aeroplane pioneered by FAI’s Honorary Patron Bertrand Piccard, at its new hangar in Payerne, Switzerland.