A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s death-defying, 37 kilometre free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert was lifted Tuesday morning and crews began laying out his balloon.
The planned early morning launch had been delayed by high winds. But just before 11 a.m. EST (1500 GMT), the winds calmed and the team decided to proceed with plans to make the flight, a process that would take about two hours.
The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria plans to take off in a 55-story, ultra-thin and easy-to-tear helium balloon that will take him into the stratosphere for the jump. He hopes it will make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.