YouTube set a new record for live streaming as the skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashed a number of records with his “edge of space” freefall.More than eight million people worldwidse watched on their devices the skydiver break the speed of sound live on Google’s YouTube site.
It is the largest number of concurrent live streams in the website’s history Google claimed.
Mr Baumgartner broke the record for the highest freefall.
He jumped from a capsule taken to 128,100ft (24 miles) above New Mexico in the USA by a giant helium balloon.
It took nine minutes for him to reach the ground.
The adventurer plummeted at an estimated 833.9mph, hitting Mach 1.24 in the process.
The capsule from which the skydiver fell was equipped with cameras to provide a live internet feed to millions of people around the world.
The Red Bull Stratos scientists said the stunt had provided invaluable data for the development of high performance, high altitude parachute systems, and that the lessons learned would inform the development of new ideas for emergency evacuation from vehicles, such as spacecraft passing through the stratosphere.
“Part of this programme was to show high altitude egress, passing through Mach and a successful re-entry back to subsonic speed, because our belief scientifically is that’s going to benefit future private space programmes or high-altitude pilots, and Felix proved that today,” said Art Thompson, the team principal.