18.45 Major problem apparently. Word from mission control suggested that the attempt may be cancelled for today, according to Nick Allen, after the delicate balloon material touched the ground during inflation. Live pictures show Baumgartner lifting up his visor and preparing to climb out of the capsule. He looked disappointed and shook his head.
We’ll know more in a few minutes.
abrasion of the balloon? Could have disastrous consequences. I was wondering if they would have a spare – expensive I know but so is writing off all the setting up etc if you have to go away and get another one made.