After weather delayed his skydiving attempt from the edge of space Tuesday, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner's next attempt at jumping from more than 22 miles above Earth's surface will likely take place Sunday.
According to a spokesperson for Red Bull, the company sponsoring his jump, "everything is looking very good" for a Sunday launch.
Weather in Roswell, N.M., delayed Tuesday's jump for several hours, and ultimately scrapped the attempt after wind gusts blew the 600-foot tall polyethylene balloon—that would carry the capsule holding Baumgartner—to the ground. According to engineers, wind speeds on the ground can't exceed 2 miles per hour at the time of launch.
The balloon was potentially damaged during Tuesday's attempt, according to Art Thompson, the project's director. The team has one backup balloon it may attempt to use on Sunday if the first one is out of commission.
"The integrity of the balloon at that point is really unknown and unacceptable to use for manned flight because we were not sure what would happen as we launch," he said at a press conference. "We knew that we only had a small window [Tuesday] which we finally did not hit."
Tuesday's cancellation came as a surprise to Baumgartner, who was already inside his capsule and ready to go when the launch was aborted.
"I couldn't tell what was happening with the balloon because I was in the capsule. I want this to happen this year. We've made it so far. There's no turning back. We're here, we've got the helium and we're good to go. Whether that's tomorrow or the first day next week, I don't really care," Baumgartner said at the press conference. "When Art told me we were aborting the mission, I thought it was a joke."
Baumgartner has already done two test jumps for the project, successfully jumping from 71,000 and 96,640 feet. His jump on Sunday, if all goes according to plan, will break Joseph Kittinger's 50-year-old record for highest skydive. Kittinger jumped from 102,800 feet in August 1960, as part of a precursor to NASA's manned space program.
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