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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
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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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