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Balloon blows away free fall record bid
CNN.com ^ | 2008-05-27 | (none)

Posted on 05/27/2008 6:31:49 AM PDT by dayglored

(CNN) -- French skydiver Michel Fournier's bid for a record-breaking parachute jump from Earth's stratosphere was aborted Tuesday when the balloon that was to carry him into the far reaches of the sky slipped away from his flight crew.

The former paratrooper had hoped to set new records for the highest jump, fastest free fall, longest free fall and the highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon. But those hopes drifted away over the plains of Saskatchewan when the balloon escaped.

Still clad in his bright yellow pressure suit, the visibly frustrated Fournier waved away cameras after his ride slipped away shortly after 5 a.m. (7 a.m. ET). There was no immediate word on how the effort was botched, but his flight crew was attempting to recover the balloon, according to his official Web site.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: balloon; fournier; freefall
OOPS!
1 posted on 05/27/2008 6:31:49 AM PDT by dayglored
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To: dayglored
I just HATE it when that happens...
2 posted on 05/27/2008 6:32:31 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Jeez, with this tomfoolery maybe he’d be better to just cancel it.


3 posted on 05/27/2008 6:33:15 AM PDT by MartinStyles
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To: dayglored

He didn’t tie it to his wrist?


4 posted on 05/27/2008 6:33:15 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: MartinStyles
> Jeez, with this tomfoolery maybe he’d be better to just cancel it.

Does sorta make ya wonder...

5 posted on 05/27/2008 6:34:31 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

He’s got a top notch crew there.


6 posted on 05/27/2008 6:35:09 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: neodad
> He didn’t tie it to his wrist?

Heh, guess not.

How the blazes are they gonna "catch" and "retrieve" the sumbitch? It's gotta be up in the stratosphere by now...

7 posted on 05/27/2008 6:35:28 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

The implications are astounding. Seems to me keeping the balloon properly tethered is one of the simplest parts of this operation.


8 posted on 05/27/2008 6:36:00 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: MartinStyles
Yeah, but getting up there is always the hardest part.

Coming down is real easy.

9 posted on 05/27/2008 6:36:16 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: dayglored

One Galapagos Tortoise short of a Darwin Award.


10 posted on 05/27/2008 6:36:35 AM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: dayglored; All

I gotta run to work, I’ll check back in later and see if he recovered it yet...


11 posted on 05/27/2008 6:37:23 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Taken just before the unfortunate event.

12 posted on 05/27/2008 6:38:31 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: dayglored

LOL! God or fate must truly favor the fools of this world.

Personally, I would take that as a note from Fate itself, but he will probably see it as an obstacle to overcome.


13 posted on 05/27/2008 6:39:55 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: dayglored

If Nena had been helping him he would have had 98 back up balloons.


14 posted on 05/27/2008 6:40:44 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: dayglored
Was the balloon red?

Seen over Paris:

Balloon, pictured with its new owner:


15 posted on 05/27/2008 6:47:46 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: MartinStyles
Jeez, with this tomfoolery maybe he’d be better to just cancel it.

Exactly! If this is the level of professionalism, the guy should be very worried.

16 posted on 05/27/2008 6:49:49 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: dayglored

He better quit while he still lives.


17 posted on 05/27/2008 6:50:16 AM PDT by AU72
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To: neodad
He should have hired Americans to prep and launch the thing.

NASA and its associates have taken great pride in their long string of successes without major mishaps, injuries, or fatalities.

18 posted on 05/27/2008 6:52:47 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Unless you count the shuttle program :(


19 posted on 05/27/2008 6:53:28 AM PDT by MartinStyles
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To: dayglored
Maybe the French government was correct in keeping this out of their country. Would be funny to see it get snagged on the Eiffel Tower and haul it up into the Stratosphere.
20 posted on 05/27/2008 6:53:49 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: MartinStyles

After I posted, I knew I should have stated something specific about high altitude balloons...


21 posted on 05/27/2008 7:03:18 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: dayglored

OPPS! The Bozo realized this was a long slow Death for Himand He bribed the Ground Crew to “Accidently” Loose
the Balloon! WOW! That was a close one, but did You ever really expect a Frenchman to do something Brave or Life Threatening!


22 posted on 05/27/2008 7:05:53 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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To: dayglored


Kinda looks nice, floating away alone.
23 posted on 05/27/2008 7:07:19 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: dayglored
64 Years Old !


24 posted on 05/27/2008 7:18:33 AM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: Calvin Locke
He should have hired Americans to prep and launch the thing.

In which case his project would still be mired in the planning stage, tied up in court by NIMBYites.

25 posted on 05/27/2008 7:25:56 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: dayglored

My cousin’s ex-husband was responsible for arming the balloons the Colonel Kittinger used for his jumps. After he jumped, Sam would detonate an explosive belt around the balloon so that it wouldn’t drift to Canada or Mexico and rather fall back to New Mexico. His first jump was in Nov 1959 from 76,400 feet and he lost consciousness, but the automatic parachute saved him. Three weeks later he jumped from 74,700 feet. In Aug 1960 he jumped from 102,800 feet and fell for 4 1/2 minutes reaching 614 mph before opening his chute at 18K. He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (14 min), and fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere.


26 posted on 05/27/2008 7:26:29 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: dayglored

Le ballon rouge

27 posted on 05/27/2008 7:37:42 AM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: dayglored

Montgolfier Brothers' Balloon, Paris, 1783
28 posted on 05/27/2008 7:49:45 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: caver

29 posted on 05/27/2008 7:56:42 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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To: Kirkwood

Are you saying that they aren’t Boy Scouts?


30 posted on 05/27/2008 8:06:25 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: dayglored

Le froggie was disappointed...C’est la Vie!


31 posted on 05/27/2008 8:08:30 AM PDT by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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To: dayglored

I wonder if the same crew packed his parachute?


32 posted on 05/27/2008 9:22:02 AM PDT by OCC
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