First Video From Space Jump Daredevil's Body Camera

Austrian TV channel Servus got its hands on the first footage from brave Felix Baumgartner's suit camera as he descended to Earth. It starts right after the jump and shows the moment in which Felix breaks the speed of sound and spins out of control.

Truly terrifying stuff. And awesome too.

Talking at the press conference after the record-shattering supersonic space jump, Felix said he thought he was going to lose consciousness at one point because of the violent spinning:

There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable. [This is when he started to spin, apparently out of control]

That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound.

Fortunately, he managed to control the spin — somehow! — and look down to Earth, keeping a steady descent course. The video shows that moment, too.

Felix is now the first man on the planet to break the speed of sound with no mechanical propulsion — just him and Earth's gravity. He also broke the record for the highest manned flight in a balloon, the highest free fall jump and the fastest descent.

We took the German TV commentary off and added the actual audio from the event, synchronised with the video. The original video was removed from YouTube shortly after it was posted.

You can watch a summary of the jump and Felix's records here. [Thanks RutherfordTheBrave!]


Comments

    Hey, Servus is an Austrian TV channel not German!!!

      "Austrian TV channel Servus got its hands..." + "We took the German TV commentary off..." or "We took the TV commentary in German off"

    The video is better viewed rotated 180deg IMO

    Have they purposely put up crappy video??? Sure its in space.. but was this transmitted live? or was it recorded?

    I just want to know did he create a sonic boom when he broke the speed of sound? (Real question)

      Like Guile from Street Fighter II?

        That's an awesome answer! :D

        But seriously like when Jets or when the Thrust SSC (World's fastest car) broke the sound barrier, you can hear a boom as they passed the sound barrier, that's what I was referring too.

      No... There was no sonic boom. The Sonic Boom is caused by an accumulation of air particles, as being that high up in the atmosphere there is little to no air. you will also notice he starts to de-accelerate as he gets closer to the earths surface (this is due to drag as oxygen becomes apparent).

    feeling a bit dizzy now, think i should lie downn.. :(

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