Record-breaking Red Bull Space Dive Grounded by Lawsuit

By | October 17, 2010

Scrubbed Space Jump


A lawsuit on Earth has grounded plans by Red Bull energy drink to send an Austrian daredevil into the stratosphere in an attempt to break the world record for the highest skydive.

The Red Bull Stratos mission was slated to kick off some time this year and fly skydiver Felix Baumgartner to 120,000 feet (36,576 meters)on a balloon, then ride along with cameras as he plunged back to Earth at supersonic speeds.

The idea was to break the record set 50 years ago by retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger, who as a captain set the world’s skydiving bar at 102,800 feet (31,333 meters) on Aug. 16, 1960.

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