Skip to comments.Skydiver breaks sound barrier
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.
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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!
At the altitude he "broke" it, was there even enough atmosphere to transmit sound?
Did he make a vapor cone?
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...
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.
He did it in an F-15 over Edwards AFB.
My sister died of cancer at age 38. I survived cancer at age 47. Yet still, I disagree.
Only one outcome could have been better.
If he landed on his head...
I guess this is what people do if they can’t make the cut on DWTS.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Chuck Yeager is still with us! That just adds to the good news of this latest triumph of the human spirit!
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!
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.
Imagine doing it in 1962 though—without today’s technology and communications. That was over 100,000 ft even then.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Which is why the taxpayers have had to bail the USPS out???
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.
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....
They did? I thought it was merely “default” on paying the retirees that haven’t been born yet.
Didn’t know that. Amazing.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I got your point. Hope you got mine.