A Brief Update on Michael Fournier

June 5, 2008

Michel Fournier wants to break the records set in 1960 by Col. Kittinger: the highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, and highest speed without a vehicle. Fournier wants to jump from an altitude of 40 km (25 miles).

The extra altitude in the near vacuum of the high stratosphere will allow Fournier to freefall to a greater speed, perhaps even going supersonic at 450 m/s (1,000 mph) before air resistance, and ultimately a parachute, slow him for a safe landing.

Fournier, on his website www.legrandsaut.org, says he’ll try again in August after this latest failed attempt.



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