Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier during his free fall to the Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. The launch was scheduled for 9 October 2012 but was postponed due to weather conditions.
It was on 15 March 2012, Baumgartner completed the first of 2 test jumps from 21,818 metres
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner FREE FALL:
# 'Fearless Felix' reached speeds of up to 834 mph before his parachute opened and he landed back on solid ground five minutes later to have completed the highest and fastest skydive in history.
# Baumgartner became the first human to break the speed of sound during the jump, reaching a total speed of 833.9 mph.
# He also set records for the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump and the fastest speed achieved by a human through the atmosphere after jumping from 128,100 feet above the Earth for the Red Bull Stratos mission.
# Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound after 34 seconds of free fall, ultimately accelerating to as high as 833.9 mph, or mach 1.24.
#Mr Baumgartner made his death-defying jump from a tiny capsule that took him up to the edge of space, which took him two-and-a-half hours to travel 128,177ft above the New Mexico desert - and less than ten minutes to land.