We recently mentioned that Felix Baumgartner was set to break all the records with his amazing Skydive from 128,000 feet. Not only did he break a number of offline real world (and space) records; he also set a number of records online including the YouTube Live Stream being the most viewed at all time. At it’s peak, over 8 million people were tuned in watching it. Of course many people were watching the stream on sites such as uStream as well and it is estimated many more millions were tuned in watching the world record attempt.
Felix also break the record for the fastest travelling human, and also the first human to break the sound barrier without the use of an aircraft. During his descent he was free-falling at an incredible 833 miles per hour, which quite frankly incredible.
It took him a total of 9 minutes and 3 seconds to get from space to the ground safely. He even landed into a nice little jog before falling to his knees and raising his arms out wide. In seconds the recovery team were in place after landing their helicopter nearby. From what we have seen there were a lot of helicopters all over the area, so it is lucky with the strong winds that he did not infact hit one of them.
He freefalled a total of 119,846 feet. He free falled for a total of 4 minutes 20 seconds just short of the current world record of 4 minutes and 36 seconds. It is a shame considering he was at a higher altitude yet didn’t hold out for that record.
However, he did very well and has set some great new records which we may see broken again once in our lifetime if we are lucky enough.