Supersonic freefall bid put on hold
Felix Baumgartner’s quest to achieve a supersonic parachute jump has run into some legal turbulence.
Energy drinks maker Red Bull, which is sponsoring the effort, said today that it is stopping the program “with immediate effect” pending the outcome of a “multimillion dollar lawsuit” filed earlier this year by a man claiming certain rights to the project.
Working under the auspices of the Red Bull Stratos program, Baumgartner was aiming to be the first person ever to hit supersonic speeds in the atmosphere without the protection of an aircraft around him. The Austria-born daredevil, who has in excess of 2,000 parachute jumps to his credit–often from stunningly low altitudes–was to ascent to the rarefied height of 120,000 feet (23 miles) in a pressurized gondola below a balloon, and then jump.
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