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Supersonic skydiver even faster than thought

February 07, 2013

This picture provided by www.redbullcontentpool.com shows Baumgartner jumping out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on October 14, 2012. — AFP picThis picture provided by www.redbullcontentpool.com shows Baumgartner jumping out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on October 14, 2012. — AFP picVIENNA, Feb 7 — Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said yesterday.

According to a final analysis by Baumgartner’s team Red Bull Stratos, the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6km (843.6 miles) an hour, or Mach 1.25, in freefall.

Previously his team had said that the experienced skydiver had plunged back to Earth in his specially made spacesuit at 834 miles an hour or Mach 1.24.

The Federation Aeronautique Internationale governing body is currently reviewing whether to confirm this as a world record, Red Bull Stratos said.

Baumgartner’s leap from a capsule at 38,969.4 metres above California on October 14 was watched live by millions on television and the Internet. — AFP-Relaxnews