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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner set to break sound barrier
BBC ^ | 9 October 2012 | The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound ba

Posted on 10/09/2012 5:33:50 AM PDT by Katya

The Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt to become the first human to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle.

He is going to jump out of a balloon at more than 120,000ft (36.5km) above Roswell, New Mexico.

In the near vacuum at that altitude, he should accelerate beyond about 690mph (1,110km/h) within 40 seconds.

If all goes well, he will open a parachute near the ground to land softly in the desert, 10 minutes later.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: austria; baumgartner; felixbaumgartner; roswell; soundbarrier; spacediving; spacejump

1 posted on 10/09/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT by Katya
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To: Katya

on weather hold.....


2 posted on 10/09/2012 5:35:54 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Katya

happening in less than an hour!


3 posted on 10/09/2012 5:36:02 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Doogle

am wondering if their countdown clock is accurate then? They’re still saying less than one hour. http://www.redbullstratos.com/


4 posted on 10/09/2012 5:37:36 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Katya

Pushed back to around 9:30am Eastern because of high winds.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 5:38:40 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Katya
"If all goes well......."
6 posted on 10/09/2012 5:38:58 AM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: Katya

Suicidal? Let’s hope he survives with no injuries.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 5:46:15 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: Katya

Proof positive that someone has way more guts or way less intelligence than I do.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 5:49:20 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Katya; Doogle; Eye of Unk; ken5050; kenmcg; muir_redwoods

I don't know. I've got to give Kittinger the "brassballs" award for jumping out of an unpressurized gondola at 100,000ft 50+ YEARS ago!

Ok, not supersonic and 120,000 ft for Baumgartner, but Kittinger survived a flat spin at 22 g's in an early test flight. Gak!

Supersonic in 21st century spacesuit pales next to a guy who took a step out of that basket with 50's technology!

(Oh, and Kittinger ended up surviving the Hanoi Hilton....)

9 posted on 10/09/2012 5:56:49 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Katya

Hope he doesn’t lose his heat shield!


10 posted on 10/09/2012 6:01:30 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Katya

He’s nuts.

If he is after fame, no one will remember his name before, during, and after his success or failure.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 6:03:24 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Eye of Unk

"...those home fries and scrambled eggs with rye toast had better wait for me"

12 posted on 10/09/2012 6:03:40 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: muir_redwoods

“Proof positive that someone has way more guts or way less intelligence than I do.”

Same here... I don’t think I could step out but I know I would love the view!!!


13 posted on 10/09/2012 6:09:55 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: sam_paine

I think Kittinger is advising Baumgartner on this jump!


14 posted on 10/09/2012 6:11:08 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Katya

I predict his family will be attending his funeral early next week.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 6:15:28 AM PDT by panaxanax
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To: sam_paine

Every bio about Kittinger that I have read, indicates he is the first one to break the sound barrier without an airplane around him, on the jump from over 100,000 feet.


16 posted on 10/09/2012 6:19:14 AM PDT by wita
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To: Syntyr

I think that’s why they have video cameras :)


17 posted on 10/09/2012 6:22:10 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Katya
Countdown on Hold Until 09:30 MDT.
Wind speeds not yet optimal for launch.
Earliest possible Launch 11:30 MDT.

As of Tuesday 2:14 p.m. GMT/UTC

18 posted on 10/09/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Katya

He has already made a jump from 17 miles so we are talking another Six miles higher - which isn’t Eight Miles High.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 8:16:23 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: Katya

Will his contrail be visible? :)


20 posted on 10/09/2012 10:02:27 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Katya

When he hits Max Q, he’ll break up.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 10:50:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: Katya

Aborted.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 10:52:00 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: ctdonath2

The stratos page is saying they have not decided on a new date yet... they are watching the weather -_-


23 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:59 PM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Katya

Set to try again in less than 7 hours. Tentative launch set for 0600 MDT (0500 Pacific, 0800 Eastern).

I’m gonna try to get up so I can see when they find out how well gravity works.


24 posted on 10/13/2012 10:22:01 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Vinnie
Will his contrail be visible? :)

Only if he soils himself on the way down. :)

25 posted on 10/13/2012 10:23:32 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Katya

Shouldn’t he be sitting on a motorcycle, a bomb, or somethin’?


26 posted on 10/13/2012 10:28:17 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Katya

HEADS UP: The link is live at this time with video from the launch site. Update will be at 0645 Pacific/0945 Eastern. Currently on a weather hold. Winds have to be calm at the launch site before they can go.


27 posted on 10/14/2012 6:25:37 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Katya

Weather hold extended. Waiting for breezes to die down before inflating the balloon. Possible launch @ 0800 Pacific/1100 Eastern.


28 posted on 10/14/2012 6:53:17 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

Its on the Discovery Channel, until they actually deploy they are showing Mythbusters, last I heard its set to happen at 7:30am PST.


29 posted on 10/14/2012 6:59:55 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: hoagy62

I must have heard it wrong, pushed back until 8am PST, but that is less than 15 minutes from now and the gondola is still on the ground.


30 posted on 10/14/2012 7:50:09 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Eye of Unk

On the Red Bull Stratos website, the graphic on the screen shows 7:45 am Pacific for an update, 8:45 for broadcast start....IF the winds cooperate. The shot behind is is a live video of the capsule (Felix is inside).

They JUST made the decision to inflate the balloon. I guess Robert Haggar (formerly of NBC News) is the announcer.


31 posted on 10/14/2012 7:51:53 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Eye of Unk

They’re now moving the crane with the capsule, assuming to get it a little closer to the balloon.

On-screen graphic now shows 0815 Pacific as next update, and 0845 as broadcast start time.


32 posted on 10/14/2012 7:55:39 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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