On Sunday, October 16, 2012, Felix Baumgartner became the first man to free fall to Earth from the stratosphere. Jumping from the edge of space, Baumgartner broke the speed of sound and plummeted a remarkable 128,097 feet to the ground.
To make this jump possible, Baumgartner had to have modern day science and a few innovative products on his side to protect him from ferocious winds, a lack of oxygen, and negative 70-degree temperature. Below are some of the most astounding tech innovations that went into creating this record:
1. A capsule, made of fiberglass and epoxy, weighing 2,900 pounds carried Baumgartner up into the stratosphere.
2. He donned a special spaceman suit that was engineered to serve as the future of space travel and exploration. The suit, designed for increased functionality in vision and movement, can withstand temperatures of up to 100-degrees and as low as negative 90-degrees.
3. Baumgartner carried on his chest these cool tech accessories: a pack that contained data recorders to track his speed, altitude, and location, as well as a voice transmitter and HD camera.
4. Last, but not least, was the parachute! It took nearly five years to design and build this chute, weighing nearly 60 pounds; a button on his sleeve was all that was used to deploy it.