Skip to comments.MISSION TO THE EDGE OF SPACE: LIVE
Posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:41 AM PDT by wita
Oops, weather hold till seven thirty.
That would be MDT and earliest possible launch.
Which is 0930 Eastern time at the earliest.
My time zone calculator says: Spot on.
Best Wishes for a successful ascent and jump.
Cruised around website for a bit. One of the coolest and creative sites I have ever visited.
Earliest Launch time now set at 11:30MDT!
From the link in post 2:
What Is The Mission?
Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Felix will strive to break.
Joe’s record jump from 102,800 ft in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space. Joe was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and had already taken a balloon to 97,000 feet in Project ManHigh and survived a drogue mishap during a jump from 76,400 feet in Excelsior I. The Excelsior III mission was his 33rd parachute jump.
Although researching extremes was part of the program’s goals, setting records wasn’t the mission’s purpose. Joe ascended in helium balloon launched from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola. Scientific data captured from Joe’s jump was shared with U.S. research personnel for development of the space program. Today Felix and his specialized team hope to take what was learned from Joe’s jumps more than 50 years ago and press forward to test the edge of the human envelope.
Joe Kittinger should get a lot of votes for the ACTUAL title of ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’.
As a former D class skydiver I wait in eager anticipation for Sir Felix to bunny hop into history. A total of 30 cameras on the Utube feed. Ready for DVR :) Go Felix!!
(Grin) That’s a lot more jumps than my paltry handful. I’m watching the project live page like some people watch a favorite sports team in a big game. My office mates think I’m a little off- but then they think that anyway. :-)
Now only one hour till launch and counting!
Have you ever wondered how much time we have spent in life WAITING? This drives me nuts.
For us military folks, A LOT.
I think there is only about 15 min left in the jump window.
Me too, but better that they sort out any issues that they might have than watch him make a Wile E. Coyote style Felix-shaped hole in the desert floor. :-)
I miss it so but stuff happens....Yeah, I’m guilty as well...got it fed through Verizon Media Manager to the Big screen and waiting to hit record on the DVR so my son can see it when he gets home. He has a static line jump :)
Here’s the youtube live link...