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Daring skydiver's 364mph freefall plunge

Base jumper Felix Baumgartner has edged a step closer to breaking the 52-year-old world freefall record.

The successful test flight marked an important step in the upcoming record attempt Credit: Reuters

He successfully completed a test jump from 71,581 feet.

Baumgartner wore a specially-designed spacesuit and was transported to the stratosphere by a special capsule attached to a balloon.

  • Reached freefall for three minutes and 43 seconds
  • Top speed of 364.4 miles per hour
  • Deployed parachute at 7,890 feet
  • Landed safely about 30 miles from the original launch site

The successful test flight allowed Baumgartner and Mission Control test the durability of the spacesuit.

His world record attempt is set to take place this summer.

After landing, Baumgartner was met by his retrieval team. Credit: Reuters

Video released shows Baumgartner preparing for the jump.