Felix Baumgartner’s Record Breaking Freefall from Space Captured on Headcam [VIDEO]
By Ewan Palmer | October 15, 2012 10:02 PM EST
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner set a series of records as he skydived from more than 128,000 ft (39,000m) and became the person to travel faster than the speed of sound without assistance from a jet or spacecraft.
Millions of people from around the world tuned in to watch Fearless Felix jumping out of a balloon more than 24 miles above New Mexico and plummeting towards the earth at a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h).
Now there is new footage of the 43-year-old's death-defying leap taken from the Austrian's headcam, showing his dizzying fall back down to earth from the edge of space.
Baumgartner took less than 10 minutes to hit the ground safely from his balloon, including a duration of 4 minutes and 20 seconds in freefall.
The latest POV footage taken from Baumgartner's headcam shows the moment he fell back towards Earth from space completely unassisted. Only in the final few thousand feet did the skydiver deploy his parachute.
The footage was first broadcast by Austrian television channel Servus TV, which is owned by the stunt's sponsor Red Bull.
The images show Baumgartner briefly spinning wildly out of control moments after he started freefalling, spinning over and over rather than descending in the arrow-shaped 'delta' position.
He told the TV station: "The exit was perfect, then I started tumbling - I thought I'd get it under control, but then it really started. I really picked up speed, it got very violent. I thought for a few seconds I'll fall unconscious.
"Thank goodness I managed to stop - it was very difficult. It was much more difficult than many of us expected."
After landing safely and breaking a slew of records, Baumgartenr told a media conference: "Let me tell you - when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble.
"You don't think about breaking records anymore, you don't think about gaining scientific data - the only thing that you want is to come back alive because you don't want to die in front of your parents, your girlfriend and all of the people watching this.
"This became the most important thing to me when I was out there."
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