High winds delay Austrian daredevil's stratospheric skydive
A fresh attempt by Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner to perform the world’s highest-ever parachute jump was delayed due to high winds on Sunday.
Baumgartner was hoping to dive from a helium balloon above the desert at Roswell, in New Mexico, but strong winds have postponed the event until 1330 GMT.
A previous attempt on Tuesday was also postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
The 43-year-old is attempting to become the first person to reach supersonic speeds outside an aircraft and also break the world record for the highest-ever parachute jump set by a US Air Force pilot in 1960.
The winds are a crucial factor since even a small gust could potentially rip the massive helium-filled balloon designed to take Baumgartner, protected only by a pressurized suit, to the edge of space.