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Skydiver to Attempt Record-Breaking Supersonic 'Space Jump' Oct. 8
Space.com ^ | September 25, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 10/02/2012 4:08:00 PM PDT by EveningStar

An Austrian daredevil plans to leap from nearly 23 miles above the Earth on Oct. 8 in a supersonic plunge that, if successful, will be the world's highest-ever skydive.

If all goes according to plan, a helium-filled balloon will lift off from Roswell, N.M., on Oct. 8 and carry Felix Baumgartner's custom-built capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet (36,576 meters). The daredevil will then step out of the capsule into the void, breaking a skydiving record that has stood for 52 years.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; daredevil; felixbaumgartner; newmexico; roswell; skydive; skydiver; skydiving; space; spacediving; spacejump

1 posted on 10/02/2012 4:08:11 PM PDT by EveningStar
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2 posted on 10/02/2012 4:09:54 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

what was the previous sky diving record


3 posted on 10/02/2012 4:18:33 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: EveningStar

Go Felix!!


4 posted on 10/02/2012 4:19:34 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

‘Felix’ means ‘good luck’ in Latin, something he’s going to need.


5 posted on 10/02/2012 4:22:50 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: gunsequalfreedom
102,800 feet in 1960

Joe Kittinger

If you can find it, read his book, "The Long Lonely Leap"

6 posted on 10/02/2012 4:23:50 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: EveningStar

This could go very very wrong


7 posted on 10/02/2012 4:26:48 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
The current record for world's highest skydive stands at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). It was set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, who serves as an adviser for Baumgartner's mission.

8 posted on 10/02/2012 4:28:34 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Supersonic? I don’t think so.


9 posted on 10/02/2012 4:30:56 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Indep. Payment Advisory Board = "Death Panels")
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To: GeronL; shibumi

Hold muh beer an’ watch this ping.


10 posted on 10/02/2012 4:31:40 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: Salamander
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11 posted on 10/02/2012 4:35:33 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: eCSMaster

His rate of fall will be supersonic (about 640 mph at altitude) but the wind force on his body will never go over probably 130 mph or so (whatever normal freefall terminal velocity is for his body size and mass.) The air is very thin at altitude.

Heck, he probably won’t even hear an airstream going past his helmet until he hits 70K or so.

Read Kittinger’s book. he hit like Mach .95 (some say he did Mach 1). He describes the whole event of his jump in 1960. It’ll make your hair stand up.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 4:39:21 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: GeronL
This could go very very wrong

Yea, very wrong.

13 posted on 10/02/2012 4:40:59 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: EveningStar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM39Z3grkpg


14 posted on 10/02/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MaxMax

Not a chance of that happening.

Depressurization on the ride up or down is the biggest threat.


15 posted on 10/02/2012 4:44:52 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
His rate of fall will be supersonic

This guy needs to meet my daughter.

16 posted on 10/02/2012 4:47:22 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Doogle
I get nauseous every time I read or watch something about this...
17 posted on 10/02/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT by wareagle7295
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To: wareagle7295

"I've flown all over the world....at one time I would've enjoyed a ride in the shuttle,..then one morning I woke up and decided flying was no longer going to be for me. It's not the aircraft, it's the people I don't trust anymore"

18 posted on 10/02/2012 4:53:30 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Salamander

I don’t do things like this.

I don’t even think about doing things like this.

I rarely even think about things like this at all.

I don’t think I know anyone who thinks about thinking about things like this.

I liked Dirty Harry Callahan when he said “A man’s got to know his limitations.”


19 posted on 10/02/2012 5:37:14 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
I don’t think I know anyone who thinks about thinking about things like this.

Neither do I. That's why I read FR. To see how crazy people are thinking.

5.56mm

20 posted on 10/02/2012 5:45:49 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

An astute choice of venue on your part.


21 posted on 10/02/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: M Kehoe; shibumi

If you’d ever read Shibumi’s profile, you’d realize that you’re currently conversing with the King Of The Crazies.

[Meh. It’s how I “found” him]

Happiest in the company of loons,

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22 posted on 10/02/2012 5:53:48 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: EveningStar
What is the significance of this pic in your ping photos?>P>
23 posted on 10/02/2012 5:58:04 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: EveningStar
This pic:


24 posted on 10/02/2012 5:58:56 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: EveningStar
I promise, I've only had two beers:


25 posted on 10/02/2012 6:01:13 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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26 posted on 10/02/2012 6:06:32 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

/facepalm


27 posted on 10/02/2012 7:50:05 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: EveningStar

He’s gonna die.


28 posted on 10/02/2012 8:08:07 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: hattend

I found his book. There are two for sale on Amazon. One is priced at $495.00 and the other at $749.99.

I think I’ll wait for it to come out in paperback.


29 posted on 10/02/2012 9:13:46 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: EveningStar

I think he’ll successfully break the sound barrier on the way down.

That is, if he has a pointy helmet.


30 posted on 10/02/2012 10:04:04 PM PDT by zipper
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Wow, if either of those sell at either of those prices, I’m going to sell my copy.


31 posted on 10/02/2012 11:10:35 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Rebelbase

First 707 was barrel rolled up in Seattle by the test pilot to help sell the plane to potential customers who were watching from the ground.

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


32 posted on 10/02/2012 11:17:34 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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33 posted on 10/03/2012 7:24:18 AM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: shibumi
I don’t do things like this.

I don’t even think about doing things like this.

I rarely even think about things like this at all.

I don’t think I know anyone who thinks about thinking about things like this.


Jumping off of mountains was apparently not enough of a thrill for base jumpers. Now they are strapping wings to themselves and well just watch the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsV3bGPMTXo
34 posted on 10/07/2012 3:13:56 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: EveningStar
Looks like the jump is on for Tuesday morning if the weather holds. They are saying he should fall 0-690 mph in 40 seconds or less at that altitude, and if he can control his angle he just might go supersonic. The redbull stratos site will have live coverage as well as altitude, speed, and track information. As it stands now, jump time is set for 6:30am MDT.

To me, this has the feel of the early space missions. Plenty could go wrong, even on the way up. For instance, the capsule could spin like a top after rising through the jet stream and would make the exit really problematic, but I suppose they have considered that.

I'm reminded of something an elderly friend said one Sunday after church when offered a free sightseeing flight on a twin engine plane. Afraid of heights and flying, he responded by holding his hand close to the ground while quoting a Bible verse, "Lo, I am with you always. And thats where I aim to stay.....LOW!"

35 posted on 10/08/2012 8:46:28 PM PDT by backtobasics
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