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Skydiver breaks sound barrier
CBC News ^ | October 14, 2012 | CBC news

Posted on 10/15/2012 2:38:56 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner made a death-defying free fall that made him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, according to organizers.

In a journey that lasted over nine minutes, he fell at a speed of 1,342.8 km/h, which broke the sound barrier — 1,200 km/h. That amounts to Mach 1.24, which is faster than the speed of sound. No one has ever reached that speed wearing only a high-tech suit.

Baumgartner, now known as 'Fearless Felix', has broken the record for the highest free fall ever, the fastest free fall and the highest manned balloon ride, said organizers.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: felixbaumgartner; record; skydiver
I watched it live yesterday on the Discovery Channel. This guy has some big cajones. Original record holder Joe Kittinger (USAF retired) was his CAPCOM, which was ultra cool!


1 posted on 10/15/2012 2:39:08 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
VIDEO of the actual jump
2 posted on 10/15/2012 2:46:07 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler
Free-fall world record with 23-mile jump
3 posted on 10/15/2012 2:46:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Winning is Everything.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I have over 500 freefall jumps, my highest from 15,500.

That said, it took a lot of guts to do this, from point A to the jump. Wow!


4 posted on 10/15/2012 2:49:56 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Timber Rattler
The speed of sound varies slightly depending on temp and humidity/pollution.

At the altitude he "broke" it, was there even enough atmosphere to transmit sound?

Did he make a vapor cone?

5 posted on 10/15/2012 2:50:34 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Timber Rattler

bfl


6 posted on 10/15/2012 2:52:47 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Not really and no. He said he didn’t feel a thing when he passed Mach 1. Of course, he was trying to pull himself out of a flat spin at the time...

}:-)4


7 posted on 10/15/2012 2:58:33 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Timber Rattler
A better article for the jump is HERE.

Kittenger's long freefall is still the record. Felix had a greater fall speed, but opened his parachute (deployable aerodynamic decellerator in military terms) early.

8 posted on 10/15/2012 3:08:21 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Moose4
The only person to have a faster free fall than Felix is Barack Obama. He will also be in a tailspin after the elections.
9 posted on 10/15/2012 3:11:41 AM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Loud Mime
I wonder what Robbie Maddison thinks of this jump.
10 posted on 10/15/2012 3:13:55 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Some Brits are complaining that the money spent on this jump could have been better spent on health care and cancer research.
11 posted on 10/15/2012 3:18:35 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: rawcatslyentist; SkyDancer
Chuck Yeager also broke the sound barrier again yesterday, on the anniversary of his flight of the first historic flight to break the sound barrier.

He did it in an F-15 over Edwards AFB.

12 posted on 10/15/2012 3:28:19 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Loud Mime

My sister died of cancer at age 38. I survived cancer at age 47. Yet still, I disagree.


13 posted on 10/15/2012 3:28:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Winning is Everything.)
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To: Timber Rattler

bttt


14 posted on 10/15/2012 3:38:37 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Timber Rattler

Only one outcome could have been better.

If he landed on his head...
full speed

I guess this is what people do if they can’t make the cut on DWTS.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 3:39:24 AM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Cool! Makes me miss the good old days when the USA had an adventurous space program. I know the two are not related, but seeing him in his suit reminded me of how great the USA space program used to be.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 3:45:57 AM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.facebook.com/paulhawkinsauthoradventurerexplorer)
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To: Timber Rattler

To all the naysayers out there that are not impressed and want to find something something negative about this event. Think about this.

At least it was NOT paid for by the US Postal Service like the bike racing team that they supported in the past.

Just saying private enterprise paid for this.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 4:03:33 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: hadaclueonce

I back you up on that, kinda shows the mentality of some people when they would rather bemoan no equality to the poor massee because some try to achieve success, in other words ridiculing those that do work harder, take risks, and perform goals rarely done by the be moaners.

They would rather nobody do anything so all will have a half full belly, a cellphone and a debit card.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 4:13:17 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Loud Mime

“I wonder what Robbie Maddison thinks of this jump.”

I bet that Robbie would tell you the jump down was worse than the jump up.

Both an impressive feat.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 4:15:08 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Northern Yankee

Chuck Yeager is still with us! That just adds to the good news of this latest triumph of the human spirit!

Excelsior!

:^)


20 posted on 10/15/2012 4:33:45 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: hadaclueonce

What a breath-taking leap! The vertical view of his drop from the capsule step was unforgettable. Felix and Red Bull gave us something an extra ordinary event, a hero and something to cheer about. Bravo!


21 posted on 10/15/2012 4:37:57 AM PDT by Tugo (Romney & Ryan)
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To: Loud Mime

Perhaps the Brits can fix their socialized medicine while they contemplate why they are no longer a world leader.

When you stop growing there isn’t a need for healthcare, because you are already dead.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 4:45:21 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JimmyMc
RG3 almost broke the sound barrier at FedEx field yesterday!

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23 posted on 10/15/2012 5:03:32 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: Timber Rattler

Imagine doing it in 1962 though—without today’s technology and communications. That was over 100,000 ft even then.


24 posted on 10/15/2012 5:09:07 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Tugo

Kinda makes me wonder how will they top this record? Depart from a low earth orbital platform? Obviously at some point there will be the issue of gravity itself or lack of, of course gravity will eventually pull anything in that is close enough.

What would be the true test would be to perform a manned re-entry from space, from something like the orbiting space station.


25 posted on 10/15/2012 5:11:33 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: SC_Pete

And he had a tear in his glove, but he didn’t say anything b/c he didn’t want the jump to be scrubbed. Kittinger was a crazy dude, there’s no doubt!


26 posted on 10/15/2012 5:17:30 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Timber Rattler

I mentioned to someone yesterday that I wondered if he purposely pulled the chute when he did to leave the old man with the one remaining record - longest freefall. Twenty-five seconds more didn’t seem like out of reach but hey, I’m here on the ground. I would respect him allowing Kittenger to retain that honor.


27 posted on 10/15/2012 5:20:29 AM PDT by time4good
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To: hadaclueonce
At least it was NOT paid for by the US Postal Service like the bike racing team that they supported in the past. Just saying private enterprise paid for this

Thanks for bringing your ignorant opinion into a cool thread. The USPS funds itself, is no longer a branch of the government, but is still attached as a funding mechanism for the FERS retirement system, (cash cow), and the Government is the Board of Directors. It's operating as an almost free, private enterprise.

Ignorance like this makes me wonder why I became a monthly FreeRepublic donor.

28 posted on 10/15/2012 5:21:45 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Eye of Unk

From orbital altitude, there are orders of magnitude more kinetic energy to dispose of. Vehicles re-entering from orbit glow with bright incandescence for the hi-G part of their re-entry.

They must scrub off not Mach 1.24, but about Mach 20.

It is true that there is a distinction between being at orbital altitude and being in orbit. In the former case, you may start out with zero velocity, as in the apogee of a straight-up rocket shot; in the latter, you will begin with at least about 7 KM/S. But in either case you need to get rid of the potential energy of your altitude, which is a significant fraction of the total energy of an orbiting body.

However.....someone just might come up with a suit that could do it, in combination with a parasail made of ceramic cloth or similar material.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 5:29:43 AM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Big Giant Head

Which is why the taxpayers have had to bail the USPS out???


30 posted on 10/15/2012 5:30:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: time4good
I would respect him allowing Kittenger to retain that honor.

It may be that or the fact his visor heater was not working and he was transmitting that his visor was fogging over. He may have had limited vision, got a bit nervous, and opened the chute a bit early.

After a jump from 128,000 feet he may have let discretion be the better part of valor and opened his chute a bit early.

31 posted on 10/15/2012 5:43:54 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: All

Now Redbull needs to sponsor this guy to jump out of the upcoming space launch vehicle from Burt Rutan (Virgin Galactic)...I think that thing goes up to 60 miles....I guess the hard part would be opening the door at that altitude and accidentally sucking all the passengers out at once....


32 posted on 10/15/2012 5:54:02 AM PDT by Maringa
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To: greenhornet68
He had a great game. Personally, I don't like to see quarterbacks run so often. When I was growing we called that type of person a ball-hog. Oh, and he did pass pretty well too.
33 posted on 10/15/2012 5:58:30 AM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: driftdiver

They did? I thought it was merely “default” on paying the retirees that haven’t been born yet.


34 posted on 10/15/2012 6:01:04 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Future Snake Eater

Didn’t know that. Amazing.


35 posted on 10/15/2012 6:04:14 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: rawcatslyentist
At the altitude he "broke" it, was there even enough atmosphere to transmit sound?

That's what I've been asking. Personally, I don't think he ever broke the sound barrier because it probably didn't exist at the height he was when he "broke" it.

36 posted on 10/15/2012 6:27:52 AM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: rawcatslyentist

I was asking myself the same thing. None of the articles I read clarified this speed of sound thing. I did read an item on the internet that said the speed of sound at 120,00 is only 200 MPH. The only thing that makes sense to me is that he broke the sea level speed of sound. I believe that speed is 791 MPH with a temperature of 59F and atmostpheric pressure of 29.92.


37 posted on 10/15/2012 6:30:10 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Future Snake Eater

l would like to think they are ‘driven’ and not crazy?

Also note that when Kittinger jumped duct tape was not rated for even 100 MPH!


38 posted on 10/15/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: time4good
... I wondered if he purposely pulled the chute when he did to leave the old man with the one remaining record - longest freefall

I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. Baumgartner gave Kittinger a visible role on the team, and it appeared to be an important and "real" job; not some kind of ceremonial bogus job. That struck me as a very classy thing to do.

39 posted on 10/15/2012 8:03:55 AM PDT by NewMexLurker
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To: hadaclueonce

I read that Maddison said he wouldn’t do that jump again for 10 million dollars. You could tell that he didn’t like the trip down one bit. He broke his hand on the landing.


40 posted on 10/15/2012 8:41:48 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Big Giant Head; hadaclueonce
The USPS funds itself, is no longer a branch of the government

Who are you kidding??? It's an agency of the United States Government and the farthest thing from private enterprise. It's a government monopoly.

41 posted on 10/15/2012 9:46:51 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

It’s a government business, and a monopoly, but the USPS doesn’t take taxpayer dollars. Sales of services. That is it. But the Gov mandates the USPS prefund the FERS for 75 years out in the future. Times are tough and they have missed two $5 billion payments into the pre-funding. The Senate did pass a bill to give back 11 billion or so, but it hasn’t been signed into law. USPS hasn’t been taking tax dollars.


42 posted on 10/15/2012 3:10:22 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

But they were taking taxpayer dollars back when they were funding Armstrong to the tune of $32 million over four years in 2002 — which raised a lot of heads in Congress.


43 posted on 10/15/2012 3:23:46 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Big Giant Head
Ignorance like this makes me wonder why I became a monthly FreeRepublic donor. I guess you did not get my point. Some posts before me were getting off topic about federal funds and cancer research. I was pointing out that this event was funded by private monies. I did not expect anyone to go postal.
44 posted on 10/15/2012 9:42:57 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: hadaclueonce

I got your point. Hope you got mine.


45 posted on 10/16/2012 3:45:30 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

Message received.


46 posted on 10/16/2012 3:47:55 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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