Skydiver Aims For Supersonic Plunge

By Amir Khan on September 25, 2012 2:29 PM EDT

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is getting set for a world record jump. The 43-year-old daredevil will attempt to go supersonic when he jumps from a record 23 miles (37 kilometers) in the air on October 8.

Baumgartner said he expects to reach speeds up to 690 mph (1,110 kph) and break the sound barrier during his jump.

"I feel like a tiger in a cage waiting to get out," Baumgartner said, according to Fox News.

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Baumgartner plans to use a helium-filled balloon to life his custom capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet (36, 576 meters). He will then jump, breaking a record that has stood since 1960.

Baumgartner originally planned to jump in August, but a damaged capsule put his plans on hold. During a hard landing during a July 25 practice run from 97,000 feet up, the capsule suffered damage that had to be repaired before his record-breaking jump.

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