It was really hard: Felix Baumgartner after 39km jump

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  • Updated: Oct 15, 2012 12:40 IST
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    As the sun rises, workers prepare at the launch site, ahead of an attempt by Felix Baumgartner to break the speed of sound with his ...

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    This picture provided by www.redbullcontentpool.com shows, Felix Baumgartner preparing in his trailer during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico. ...

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    The capsule and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner begins to lift off as he attempts to break the speed of sound. AP/Ross D Franklin

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    This photo provided by Red Bull Stratos shows pilot Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, preparing to jump from the capsule during the final manned flight for ...

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    This image taken from a video monitor, provided by Red Bull Stratos, shows Felix Baumgartner before he jumps out of the capsule during the final ...

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    This image made from video, provided by Red Bull Stratos, shows Felix Baumgartner as he jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight ...

"It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be," says Austrian Felix Baumgartner who broke the record for the highest ever skydive by leaping out of a balloon at a height of 39km.

"It was an incredible up and down today, just like it's been with the whole project," said Baumgartner, recounting his experience after the jump.

"First we got off with a beautiful launch and then we had a bit of drama with a power supply issue to my visor,” redbullstratos.com Monday quoted Baumgartner as saying.

Describing his record breaking jump from the stratosphere, he said: "The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I'd just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I'd lose consciousness."

"I didn't feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We'll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be," he said.

 

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