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ROSWELL, N.M. — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner cancelled his planned death-defying 37 kilometre free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to be the first supersonic skydiver.
The former military parachutist from Austria had planned to ride a pressurized capsule carried aloft by a 55-story, ultra-thin helium balloon into the stratosphere, and then jump in a specially designed suit.
But high winds led to the decision shortly after 11:30 a.m. to abort. Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 3 km/h or below.
Baumgartner’s team said he has a second balloon and intends to try again, possibly on Thursday.
The balloon had been scheduled to launch about 6:30 a.m. from a field near the airport in a flat…
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