All of us here at SlashGear were excited to watch Felix Baumgartner jump out of a balloon 23 miles above the surface of Earth earlier today, but sadly, the jump was called off due to less-than-stellar weather conditions. We were thinking that the jump would happen tomorrow as a result of today’s delay, but it turns out that isn’t happening either. The Red Bull Stratos Twitter account just announced that the jump has been pushed back once again, because weather conditions won’t be much better tomorrow.
So, it’ll be at least Thursday before Baumgartner makes his jump, but it may not even happen then. After all, he’s already risking his life by flying up 23 miles and then falling back down to Earth, so the folks at Red Bull aren’t going to have him perform the jump unless weather conditions are perfect. Since no one has any control over the weather, we could be waiting a while.
When the mission does eventually get the greenlight, Baumgartner will be breaking records. Not only will he be setting a record by flying up 120,000 feet in a balloon, but on the way back down, he’s expected to break the sound barrier, falling at a ridiculous 690 miles per hour. In other words, this is a huge event, so it’s no surprise that Red Bull wants everything to be as close to perfect as possible.
Today the jump was delayed due to gusty winds, but Red Bull isn’t talking specifics when it comes to the weather conditions that are making a jump for tomorrow a no-go. The Red Bull Stratos Twitter account says that more weather updates will be coming soon, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for more details. In the meantime, it looks all we can do is sit back and play the waiting game.