Daredevil Felix Baumgartner is waiting until at least the weekend to try and make the highest skydive in history after weather-related days foiled two prior attempts to launch a balloon that would carry him into the stratosphere.
On Tuesday morning, Baumgartner was suited up and inside the capsule attached to the balloon that would carry him 120,000 feet into the air for his daring leap, during which he’ll likely break the sound barrier. But a sudden spate of wind gusts prompted the ground crew to abort the mission.
Don Day, the meterologist working for Baumgartner's mission, said it would not be possible to launch on Thursday, and that the soonest available launch window would be this Sunday, Oct. 14, according to the official Twitter feed of the Red Bull Stratos mission.
Winds are a particular concern because the helium balloon that Baumgartner will ride in is very fragile and thin – made of plastic strips that are just .0008 inches thick.
Baumgartner is attempting to break the previous record for highest, longest and fastest skydive, set in 1960 by Joseph Kittinger, who dived 19.5 miles from a balloon as part of the US Air Force’s Project Excelsior. Kittinger is an advisor on the Red Bull Stratos Mission.
"I want this to happen this year. We've made it so far. There's no turning back," Baumgartner on Tuesday after that attempt was aborted, according to Space.com. "We're here, we've got the helium and we're good to go. Whether that's tomorrow or the first day next week, I don't really care."