Felix Baumgartner's attempt to set the world’s free-fall record at 23 miles has been postponed to Tuesday from Monday because of a cold front with gusty winds near Roswell, N.M.
Baumgartner will be carried skyward inside a pressurized capsule suspended from the largest balloon ever used in a manned flight.
Officials said that an attempt at the feat, the longest and fastest free fall, can be made only if winds on the ground are slower than 2 mph.
Wearing a newly designed pressurized suit and helmet, the Austrian native will test the threshold of his equipment as scientists, aerospace engineers, the Air Force and NASA study what it shows about the limits and capabilities of the human body bailing out from aircraft at ultra-high altitudes.
After several years of preparation and test jumps, Baumgartner, 43, is ready. “I feel like a tiger in a cage waiting to get out,” he said in a statement.