If you didn’t get a chance to watch Felix’s jump live on Sunday, you can catch the highlights bellow.
I must admit watching this made me a little emotional, and I am elated he made it home safely. It’s moments like these that make me happy to be alive in the world we live in today. Even with all the despair and pain found in so many parts of the world, we can look up to the stars as a species and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Watching Felix fall to earth, I couldn’t help but think of him as an angel. He tumbled and rolled a few times on the way down, but he soon straightened himself out and flew like the real-life superhero he is. We are meant for something more, and Felix just took one giant leap for mankind. Thank you, Felix. Thank you for your bravery. You have given us something we will never be able to repay, and are forever in your debt.
This is a quick highlight reel of the jump:
This one is a hard to find, longer version:
Here’s a post jump interview with an English translation bellow:
How are you doing after this jump?
I was very relieved. I played this moment often in my mind and then it does not come and you always have these up and downs. Then there was the drama with the chest pack where we thought we had to cancel it. Also there were problems with the visor heating. We had tried everything possible and then decided to make it to the trial and made the right decision.
Have you noticed how often you rotated yourself?
At first I still thought I had everything under control. Then I really started to build up speed. It really started to become violent. I thought I’d lose consciousness. Specifically in a pressure suit it is difficult to move. You can’t feel the air and it’s like swimming without touching the water. You’re always seconds behind. You try to balance but you are always 1 second too late. Then came that dreaded flat spinning. I have always turned to the vertical axis and the longitudinal axis. The g-meter starts automatically after 6 seconds if you rotate continuous. Happily I was able to stabilize and so the g-meter always reset. Overall, it was a lot harder than we thought.
Did you feel it when you broke through the supersonic barrier?
No, I didn’t feel the sonic-boom. I think it’s taking place behind you and I was so busy all the time to bring everything under control.