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MISSION TO THE EDGE OF SPACE: LIVE
Red Bull

Posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:41 AM PDT by wita

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/


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KEYWORDS: aerospace; notbreakingnews; vanity
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Less than 30 minutes to launch, maybe.
1 posted on 10/09/2012 5:03:43 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

http://www.redbullstratos.com/


2 posted on 10/09/2012 5:05:52 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

Oops, weather hold till seven thirty.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 5:09:40 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

That would be MDT and earliest possible launch.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 5:12:29 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

Which is 0930 Eastern time at the earliest.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 5:21:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

My time zone calculator says: Spot on.


6 posted on 10/09/2012 5:24:25 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

Best Wishes for a successful ascent and jump.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 5:37:28 AM PDT by xp38
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To: wita

Cruised around website for a bit. One of the coolest and creative sites I have ever visited.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 6:29:30 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: wita

Earliest Launch time now set at 11:30MDT!


9 posted on 10/09/2012 6:41:28 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: All; wita

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.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/the-mission/what-is-the-mission/


10 posted on 10/09/2012 8:29:12 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Joe Kittinger should get a lot of votes for the ACTUAL title of ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 8:42:23 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: wita

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!!


12 posted on 10/09/2012 8:46:13 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: halfright

(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. :-)


13 posted on 10/09/2012 9:02:48 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Now only one hour till launch and counting!


14 posted on 10/09/2012 9:15:04 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: True Republican Patriot

Have you ever wondered how much time we have spent in life WAITING? This drives me nuts.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 9:57:15 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: MestaMachine

For us military folks, A LOT.


16 posted on 10/09/2012 9:59:13 AM PDT by TSgt ("I've been in business for twenty five years, and I have no idea what you are talking about." - Mitt)
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To: MestaMachine

I think there is only about 15 min left in the jump window.


17 posted on 10/09/2012 9:59:26 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: MestaMachine

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. :-)


18 posted on 10/09/2012 10:02:58 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

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 :)


19 posted on 10/09/2012 10:12:38 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: wita

Here’s the youtube live link...

http://www.youtube.com/redbull


20 posted on 10/09/2012 10:25:02 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper

CNN just had a blurb about the flight. It’s still on the ground.

figure its a 3 hour ascent, still a while to wait for the jump.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 10:39:28 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

CNN says 20 mins to launch.

Still filling the balloon.

Ground winds appear to be picking up.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 10:42:26 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Jow Kittinger shaking his head and he doesn’t look too happy.

Too much winds?


23 posted on 10/09/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

and even Joe...not Jow


24 posted on 10/09/2012 10:46:01 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Canceled today due to gusty winds.


25 posted on 10/09/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: hattend

ABORT for today due to sudden gusty ground-level winds.
Weather iffy for tomorrow.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 10:46:53 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: hattend

The flight is aborted for today due to winds. Possibly communication problems as well.

They are pulling Felix out of the capsule.


27 posted on 10/09/2012 10:47:49 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Riley

True. Guess just wait some more...sigh.
Can somebody ping me when it launches for real? I’ve been back here a dozen times today. Thanks in advance.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 10:49:15 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: hattend

Maybe a Thursday launch now


29 posted on 10/09/2012 10:49:55 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Next few days look dicey as well. Fiddlesticks.


30 posted on 10/09/2012 10:50:18 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: hattend

Just dayum!


31 posted on 10/09/2012 10:50:45 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: MestaMachine

Its aborted for today


32 posted on 10/09/2012 10:51:00 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: MestaMachine

Looks like we are scrubbed for today!


33 posted on 10/09/2012 10:58:15 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: wita

What I just heard on FNC was that a balloon he uses to land can’t take winds more than 2 MPH! What? he relies on a flimsy balloon?


34 posted on 10/09/2012 11:33:06 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: hattend

Yes, their audio was terrible. Who is the sponsor for comms??? Motorola?? Get it fixed before launch, please. Megyn just whizzed me off...Called this jump a stunt.

Bet it don’t go for a few days now...maybe longer...a shame. you could see the disappointment in his face.


35 posted on 10/09/2012 11:36:05 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

From everything I know Red, it is the balloon itself that is very thin. The analogy is thinner than a plastic sandwich bag. That doesn’t mean it is weak, but there is so much of it that wind is an issue. The pilot lands with a chute.

Back in the day when the National Geographic balloon was attempting to get off the ground in the 30’s IIRC they were launching from a deep canyon protected from the wind. By the time they hit level ground they would have built up a head of steam so to speak.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratobowl


36 posted on 10/09/2012 5:51:36 PM PDT by wita
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To: hattend

That’s who guy with the headset is?

OMG, that went right over my head at first.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger


37 posted on 10/09/2012 7:20:39 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The high altitude balloons used are very thin poly plastic of some type. Like a huge bag made from painter’s dropcloth material. The balloon is constructed that way for light weight and expansive ability.

They tried to launch in the early morning when ground wind is lightest but got delayed for some reason. When the thermals started building in late morning, they caused too much wind to allow safe inflation to continue.

Same rules as in the 50’s when Kittinger was making his flights at White Sands Missile Range or the Navy flights in Michigan.


38 posted on 10/10/2012 2:40:35 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Yep, he’s the technical expert and in mission control.

Can’t get any better than that!


39 posted on 10/10/2012 2:42:11 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

Of possible interest to the ping list.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/

Mission to the edge of space: Live
Launch date: 10/14/2012
Broadcast start time: 9:45 AM (MDT)

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.


40 posted on 10/14/2012 8:14:45 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: wita

Pinging..


41 posted on 10/14/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Balloon launched 11:30 AM EST.


42 posted on 10/14/2012 8:34:05 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Praying for safety.


43 posted on 10/14/2012 8:41:10 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Las Vegas Dave

About as high as Pike’s Peak now.


44 posted on 10/14/2012 8:43:10 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Abigail Adams

The Discovery Channel is showing it live. Ch. 278 on DirecTV.


45 posted on 10/14/2012 8:43:28 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: Carlucci

Thanks, but I have no cable. Watching on the Red Bull Stratos web site.


46 posted on 10/14/2012 8:45:31 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Carlucci

2 hours to get to altitude! I didn’t realize it would take so long.


47 posted on 10/14/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Abigail Adams

It’s in HD on our cable system, but I am back at the computer for the conversation from mission control.


48 posted on 10/14/2012 8:53:10 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

WooHoo!


49 posted on 10/14/2012 9:01:55 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: MestaMachine

Ping! It has launched! I just hope it takes long enough to get up there so I can get off this mid shift and get home in time to watch the jump!


50 posted on 10/14/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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