(LONDON TELEGRAPH) — Baumgartner lifted off on Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, New Mexico aboard a 100ft helium balloon and rode inside a pressurised capsule to 71,581ft (21.8km) before jumping.

He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen, as he successfully completed the first test jump ahead of his planned attempt to leap from 23 miles or 121,440ft (37km) this summer.

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