Sunday the Soonest for Baumgartner
Felix Baumgartner leaves the launch area after his Tuesday launch was aborted.
October 11, 2012 - After the wind scuttled Tuesday's scheduled launch, the next opportunity for Felix Baumgartner's record parachute jump attempt from the edge of space will be Sunday, October 14, according to the Red Bull Stratos team.
At a press briefing held Wednesday, Team Meteorologist Don Day said that the weather forecast shows improvement late in the weekend into Monday.
"That's going to afford us our next opportunity as we get into Sunday and into Monday," he told reporters at the Roswell, New Mexico, launch site. "Those are the two days we're looking at right now. Until then, we've got to let the weather settle down and clear out."
Preparations for a Sunday launch would start as early as 11 p.m. MDT Saturday, said Art Thompson, technical project director. "The plan is to start prepping for launch Saturday going into Sunday," he said.
The man who has held the record since 1960, Joe Kittinger, told people the team is as determined as ever. "We had a setback, but we're not giving up," he said. "The challenge is still here, the team and equipment are still here, Felix is ready to go, there's no disappointment. We're ready to go."
Baumgartner is attempting to ascend to 120,000 feet (23 miles) to break Kittinger's longstanding freefall record of 100,000 feet. Baumgartner could also establish four other world records including the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall before parachuting to the ground. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday but was delayed by the weather.