Superhuman Felix Baumgartner, who forever pushed the limits of what's humanly possible, traveled at a speed of 843.6 miles per hour on his record-breaking jump, Red Bull confirmed. That's 1.25x the speed of sound. I can't even comprehend moving that quickly.
After months of confirming and rechecking data, Red Bull Stratos is comfortable enough with releasing the final data. Much of it is just putting a feather in Baumgartner's cap, a plaque he can put up above is mantle for all the admire. When you're the only human to leap from 127,852.4ft above sea level and live to see another day, you can self-aggrandize all you darn well please.
Here are the official records of Baumgartner's jump:
- Maximum vertical speed: 1,357.6 kmh / 843.6 mph / Mach 1.25
- Highest Exit (Jump) Altitude: 38,969.4 m / 127,852.4 ft
- Vertical Distance of Freefall: 36,402.6 m / 119,431.1 ft
- Highest Manned Balloon Ascent: 39,068.5 meters / 128,177.5 feet
- First person to break the speed of sound in freefall, without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle
- Highest untethered altitude outside a vehicle
- Largest balloon ever flown with a human abroad: 29.47 cubit feet
- Fastest overland speed of manned balloon: 135.7 miles per hour / 117.9 knots
Pretty amazing. Other incredible facts of the jump include a minimum temperature of -95.62 Farhenheit / -70.9 Celsius and 30 seconds of supersonic velocity. Bravo Felix, bravo. It will be difficult to top that, whatever Baumgartner does next.