Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner who leapt from his helium-filled balloon at 39 km altitude and succeeded in exceeding Mach 1 while setting a new world altitude record for a skydive. A very brave endeavour indeed!
As I watched the live (20 second delay) broadcast yesterday, I was stuck by the extensive preparations and scale of the adventure, with a capcom (Joe Kittinger the 1960 world record holder) reminiscent of NASA.
Yet this was privately financed, sponsored by Red Bull. It is pleasing that in at least one area, the Government is not trying to take the lead.