One man has a date with destiny and possibly an undertaker today as Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes his final preparations for a record-breaking skydive from 23 miles above the planet. Baumgartner will take off in an adapted weather balloon and fly to the edge of space before jumping from his capsule.

Flying faster than the speed of sound, he aims to break the 52-year-old height record set by Joe Kittinger.

The venture is being sponsored by the energy-drink maker Red Bull. Organizers say that 30 video and still cameras will record the jump, including five attached to Baumgartner’s pressure suit.

Red Bull has been promoting a live internet stream of the event, which will come from all cameras except those on Baumgartner’s body. Organizers said there would be a 20-second delay in their broadcast, in case of accident.

Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past 25 years, says that this jump will be his last. He says he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the US and Austria.