Skydiver's supersonic plunge stalled
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:45a.m.
By Marcia Dunn
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner will have wait until fall before attempting a supersonic jump from 37km up.
The Austrian was all set to take the plunge high above the New Mexico desert at the end of this month. But on a dry run in late July, the capsule that hoisted him to an altitude of more than 29km was damaged. The space-like capsule landed on a rocky, uneven surface and fell over.
Organisers said this week that the craft needs to be rebuilt and tested before Baumgartner attempts his grand finale. It's getting new life-support systems and a new outer shell.
Baumgartner hopes everything will be ready by early to mid-October. He aims to break the sound barrier by jumping from 38.1km. The current record is 31.3km.
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