Originally Posted by Ian
I'm more concerned about the wind action pulling the suite to bits
But I am reassured that the maximum speed will be attained in very low atmospheric pressure.
That's right. The extreme speeds are possible because of the lack of resistance. I'm speculating that the biggest challenge will be to remain in a stable position. In a number of air shows my assignment was the "cutaway" where I'd jump wearing three chutes. A few seconds after deploying the first one I'd cutaway and go back into freefall. It was a lot different than exiting a moving plane or helicopter where I had immediate wind resistance. The first few seconds after the cutaway were hard to control.
Today's attempt was scrapped as the irreplaceable balloon was being buffeted by winds. They'll try again tomorrow.