Munich, Dec 15: In 2012, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner set the world record for being the first human being to break the speed of sound. And recently researchers from Munich’s Technical University revealed how the feat was likely achieved. Also Read - Unexplained Mystery: Thousands of Migratory Birds Found Dead in New Mexico, Scientists Baffled
Baumgartner free fell with a top speed of 833.9 at a point of time during his jump from 128,100 feet above Earth also setting world record for the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump and fastest speed achieved by a human through the atmosphere. Also Read - Rare Spectacle of Meteor Flying Across & Exploding in the Sky Leaves the Internet Stunned, Video Crosses 3 Million Views | Watch
Researchers claimed this was possible because of the irregularly shaped protective suit and backpack. They claimed irregular shapes seem to reduce the aerodynamic drag consequently increasing as objects near the sound barrier. The findings were published on Thursday by a journal PLOS One. Also Read - World UFO Day 2020: What Connection Does Area 51 in Nevada of USA Have With Aliens?
Named ‘Fearless Felix’, Baumgartner made this jump as part of the Red Bull Stratos mission and landed on the New Mexico desert. He attained the top speed after 34 seconds of free fall and reached ground in less than ten minutes, Daily Mail Online reported.
The video promoted by GoPro shows the sky diver making his jump after claiming that being at such height has made him realise how ‘small’ he was relatively. A few seconds into the video he is seen spinning violently, with his heart beat pacing and him claiming he might pass out soon.
However, he successfully opens his parachute, following which on-ground medical teams are sent to assist Felix.