Oct. 15, 2012
-- Glasgow Interactive were watching with the rest of the world as Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the speed of sound Sunday while making the highest jump ever.
As Felix Baumgartner stood the open hatch of a capsule suspended above Earth, Glasgow Interactive were just a few out of millions of people that were right there with him, twenty four miles below him watching and marvelling at the wonder of the moment. After jumping from the balloon from 128,100 feet, Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, 833.9 mph, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or spacecraft. “Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” Baumgartner told reporters outside mission control after the jump. “When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” added Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former Austrian paratrooper with more than 2,500 jumps behind him. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”
At one point after jumping out of the capsule, Baumgartner appeared to be spinning out of control and Glasgow Interactive went silent with the command centre. “In that situation, when you spin around, it’s like hell and you don’t know if you can get out of that spin or not,” he said. “Of course it was terrifying. I was fighting all the way down because I knew that there must be a moment where I can handle it.” The tension broke after a few moments when the skydiver verbally responded. Any tear in the pressurized suit could have been potentially deadly for Baumgartner — exposing him to an oxygen-starved environment with temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero — leading to dangerous formations of bubbles in his bodily fluids known as “boiling blood.”
The tightly-orchestrated jump meant to break records became much more in the dizzying, breath-taking moment — a collectively shared mix between Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and Evel Knievel’sfamed motorcycle jumps. Glasgow Interactive were glad to be spectators as Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past 25 years, promises this jump will be his last.