Felix Baumgartner
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'Space' skydiver Baumgartner prepares for test jump

16 March 2012 Last updated at 23:21 GMT

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner has successfully completed a test jump from 71,500ft (22km) above New Mexico.

The jump was planned to allow a full test of his equipment before he tries to free-fall from 120,000ft later this year.

In doing so, he would better the mark of 102,800ft set by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger in 1960.

He landed safely eight minutes after leaping from his balloon-borne capsule.

This footage shows him preparing for the test jump.