Report from mirror:
French Parachutist Michel Fournier, plans to break four world records, today with his record breaking freefall jump today in
He holds the
This time around he is planning to leap from a balloon 40 km (25 miles) above
If he successfully completes the jump from high above
Fournier will use a helium-filled balloon 90 metres (295 feet) high to reach the jump altitude. The balloon is expected to take 2-1/2 hours to make the trip, carrying a pressurized basket with oxygen and flight data instruments.
Fournier will jump wearing a spacesuit capable of withstanding temperatures of -100 Celsius (-148 Fahrenheit) for as long as 10 minutes.
Should he carry off his "Super Jump", he'll surpass official world freefall record of 24,483 metres, set in 1962, though in 1960 a U.S. Army captain fell 31,333 meters in an uncertified attempt.
He also expects to be the first human to break the sound barrier in freefall.