Infamous skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s death-defying attempt to become the first person to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle in a 23-mile freefall has been postponed for the second time due to high winds.
The jump was supposed to take place on Tuesday 9th October at approximately 7.30 am in Roswell, New Mexico, but the helium balloon that Baumgartner will travel in is so delicate that it cannot withstand ground-winds of more than 2pmh.
On Tuesday morning, a 25mph wind tore through the site where Baumgartner was preparing to take off and spun the still-inflating balloon. Baumgartner’s team were concerned that it may have been damaged by the winds and decided to abort the mission.
Baumgartner’s stratosphere jump has now been postponed until Thursday, when hopefully, the weather will be calm enough for him to attempt the record-breaking dive.