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Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump
Associated Press ^ | 3/15/2012 | Marcia Dunn

Posted on 03/15/2012 8:15:58 PM PDT by U-238

Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

Baumgartner lifted off Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, N.M., aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet — 13.6 miles — and then jumped. He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen.

He's aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles.

"The view is amazing, way better than I thought," Baumgartner said after the practice jump, in remarks provided by his representatives.

Thursday's rehearsal was a test of his capsule, full-pressure suit, parachutes and other systems. A mini Mission Control — fashioned after NASA's — monitored his flight.

Baumgartner reached speeds of up to 364.4 mph Thursday and was in free fall for three minutes and 43 seconds, before pulling his parachute cords, Medalen said. The entire jump lasted eight minutes and eight seconds. She stressed that the numbers are still unofficial.

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: felixbaumgartner; skydiver; skydiving; space; spacediving; spacejump
Joseph Kittinger still holds the record.He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere.
1 posted on 03/15/2012 8:16:05 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Kittenger is currently advising Felix Baumgartner .


2 posted on 03/15/2012 8:17:24 PM PDT by U-238
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks U-238. And the most risky thing I’ve done lately is drive on 28th St.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 8:19:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.)
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To: U-238
'Zactly....been there, done that.


4 posted on 03/15/2012 8:21:53 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: U-238

Why is it called a jump?? It’s really a gravity induced fall.
LOL


5 posted on 03/15/2012 8:22:02 PM PDT by Ecliptic
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To: U-238
I jumped from 13,500 feet...once... and it was tandem. It was the most fun I ever had, just need to do it more often.

I had it video taped and they dubbed in Van Halen's 'Jump'. Maybe I'll go again when my kid turns 16.

6 posted on 03/15/2012 8:24:00 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: ErnBatavia

Joe Kittenger! You beat me to it.


7 posted on 03/15/2012 8:24:52 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: U-238

I saw Kittengers jump on TV the other day.
Terrifying.


8 posted on 03/15/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

Talk about pucker factor... I don’t like getting on a ladder. My crazy days are over..


9 posted on 03/15/2012 8:42:02 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: scripter

I have hundreds of jumps, so wish to tell you something.

Relative work - where jumpers hook up with each other - - is one of the most fun things in life. I loved to jump last. You have to catch up to the other jumpers and to do so would go into a dive that would speed you past 200 mph. It was the biggest rush imaginable.

Good luck to this jumper. That’s a LONG time to fall.


10 posted on 03/15/2012 8:42:23 PM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: U-238
Joseph Kittinger still holds the record...


11 posted on 03/15/2012 8:48:54 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: ErnBatavia

They don’t use those front mounted reserve chutes any more. Mine worked for my only malfunction, thank God. They’ve all gone to twin packs on the back.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 8:51:22 PM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: goseminoles

My crazy days are over too.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 8:56:27 PM PDT by mylife
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To: U-238

Has there been video of this test jump posted anywhere?


14 posted on 03/15/2012 8:58:41 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

And he did it with a leak in his pressure suit!
His hand swelled to double its normal size.

He looked like HDS when he was recovered on the ground.
(Hammered Dog S***)


15 posted on 03/15/2012 8:59:39 PM PDT by mylife
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To: gortklattu
I was the first of about 14 into the plane so I was the last out. While standing half inside and half outside the plane, I asked the instructor if anybody chickened-out at that point. As he said 'no' we both jumped. What a thrill! I remember looking back at that perfectly good plane and realized I jumped out of it (or was pushed)! :-)

Definitely want to do it again.

16 posted on 03/15/2012 9:16:25 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: U-238

I feel off a 100 foot ladder once...

Thank god I was only on the second step!


17 posted on 03/15/2012 9:24:24 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Here is a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvRG7LzKcDA


18 posted on 03/15/2012 9:31:03 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Both crazy mofo’s with much larger huevos than I............


19 posted on 03/15/2012 11:43:43 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

I would do it in a heart beat. Anything to get that adrenaline going


20 posted on 03/15/2012 11:45:46 PM PDT by U-238
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. You have to catch up to the other jumpers and to do so would go into a dive that would speed you past 200 mph. It was the biggest rush imaginable

Dude, there are jumps where the incoming fire pretty much eliminates about half of those other jumpers and getting to the ground alive becomes the numero uno object in your head...your definition of fun sucks!!!
21 posted on 03/16/2012 12:01:14 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

If you can find it, the best account of the balloon experiments of the 50s is Kittinger’s Book, “The Long, Lonely Leap”.

I still find it now and then on eBay, I have 2 copies in my library.


22 posted on 03/16/2012 3:28:18 AM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: U-238

23 posted on 03/16/2012 6:24:00 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: scripter

I instructed for about four years. Only one student chickened out - but that was before the tandem days. The students went out alone.

If you jump again, try to get another jumper to swoop down to you.


24 posted on 03/16/2012 6:34:02 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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