Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Skydiver Successfully Jumps From The Edge Of Space
CBS News ^ | 2:18 p.m. ET | 10/14/12

Posted on 10/14/2012 11:53:51 AM PDT by drewh

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner has jumped from a balloon 24 miles above Earth in a death-defying free fall that could make him the world's first supersonic skydiver.

After his parachute deployed he landed safely on the New Mexico desert about 10 minutes later.

He set records for the highest free-fall and the fastest free-fall ever.

Baumgartner climbed into the stratosphere in a pressurized capsule carried by a helium balloon Sunday and then jumped into a near vacuum at about 128,000 feet, or more than 24 miles, high.

Coincidentally, Baumgartner's attempted feat also marked the 65th anniversary of U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager successful attempt to become the first man to officially break the sound barrier aboard an airplane.

At Baumgartner's insistence, some 30 cameras recorded the event. While it had been pegged as a live broadcast, it was actually under a 20-second delay.

Meteorologist: Supersonic skydive "a go" on Sunday Skydiver's supersonic jump on hold due to winds Felix Baumgartner set for jump from edge of space

Shortly after launch, screens at mission control showed the capsule as it rose above 10,000 feet, high above the New Mexico desert as cheers erupted from organizers. Baumgartner could be seen on video checking instruments inside the capsule.

Baumgartner's team included Joe Kittinger, the man who first attempted to break the sound barrier from 19.5 miles in 1960. With Kittinger inside mission control Sunday, the two men could be heard going over technical details as the launch began.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: felixbaumgartner; spacediving; spacejump
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-79 next last

1 posted on 10/14/2012 11:54:12 AM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: drewh
There is no such thing as gravity. The Earth sucks.

Photobucket

2 posted on 10/14/2012 11:58:10 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

Spaaaaace Jummmmmmp!

Thanks drewh.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 11:58:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

2:22 p.m.: According to the indicators provided by the Red Bull Stratos team, Baumgartner surpassed the speed of sound/Mach 1, but we’re still awaiting official confirmation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/felix-baumgartner-tries-record-breaking-jump-again-live-blog/2012/10/14/b7ddfc18-159d-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_blog.html


4 posted on 10/14/2012 12:01:12 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: drewh

The only thing falling faster than Baumgartner is 0zer0’s poll numbers.


5 posted on 10/14/2012 12:01:23 PM PDT by SDShack (0zer0care = "The Final Solution" - Socialized Euthanasia Healthcare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

24 miiiiiilllles hiiiiiiiiiiigh......


6 posted on 10/14/2012 12:02:40 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SDShack

2:19 p.m.: Unofficially Baumgartner has achieved a 4 minute and 22 second freefall, which does not break Ret Col. Kittinger’s record for elapsed time of a free fall, although Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest manned balloon jump. There has been no confirmation yet that Baumgartner achieved Mach


7 posted on 10/14/2012 12:02:49 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SDShack

LOL that is exactly what many were saying on twitter..its funny cause it’s true


8 posted on 10/14/2012 12:03:11 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: drewh

While most of us are watching a Sunday football game this guy jumps out of a capsule at 23 miles up and breaks 3 or so records! Just a big wow for him!


9 posted on 10/14/2012 12:04:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

They showed the airspeed indicator, source unknown, and it cleared around 723 mph.

This was pretty cool.


10 posted on 10/14/2012 12:04:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: drewh
All I could think of was Wile E. Coyotee's scream.

AHH-WHO-WHO-WHOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo . . .
11 posted on 10/14/2012 12:05:07 PM PDT by righttackle44
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

So what happens to the 3,700 pound balloon and the 3,000 pound capsule?

Do they just freefall back to earth somewhere?


12 posted on 10/14/2012 12:05:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

13 posted on 10/14/2012 12:05:33 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
Now for the Space Ranger Airborne Division. Is Star fleet Academy next?
14 posted on 10/14/2012 12:06:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: drewh
AWESOME!


15 posted on 10/14/2012 12:06:55 PM PDT by Baynative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

This bogus stunt was obviously filmed from a secure location at area 51. Same place that filmed the fake moon landings.

sarc/off


16 posted on 10/14/2012 12:06:55 PM PDT by jsh3180
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

The capsule landed (w/parachute) about 35 to 45 miles away.

Don’t know about the balloon.


17 posted on 10/14/2012 12:07:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: drewh

Nice!

The older guy standing there had the old record, if I understood the news crew right.


18 posted on 10/14/2012 12:08:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

Capsule came to earth by parachute


19 posted on 10/14/2012 12:08:20 PM PDT by HangnJudge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

Amazing...


20 posted on 10/14/2012 12:09:19 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

The capsule was released from the balloon after which a parachute deployed for it’s descent. I’m not sure what the fate of the balloon is, I believe it opens on top releasing the helium.


21 posted on 10/14/2012 12:09:37 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro
The capsule came back under a parachute. And it didn't fall anywhere. It's in NM, near Roswell. Which is about as far from anywhere as you can get. It's much closer to nowhere.

It's not the end of the world, but you start seeing signs for that exit around Alamogordo.

I spent the longest century of my life in that area, over 3 years. ;)

/johnny

22 posted on 10/14/2012 12:10:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: drewh

This was an American enterprise. The jumper (faller?) night have been from an other country but this was an American engineered event. Way to go!


23 posted on 10/14/2012 12:11:38 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
"Amazing..."

... and Ka-CHING!

24 posted on 10/14/2012 12:12:45 PM PDT by Baynative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartners Jump from 39.000 Metres! 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDl_SO4YMU&feature=plcp


25 posted on 10/14/2012 12:13:06 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gorush

The capsule chutes down on its own.

The balloon no doubt flies itself somewhere downwind, that would be a catch.


26 posted on 10/14/2012 12:13:06 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

More sizes: Your excellent photo

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&cr=&safe=images&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&q=space%20jump&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=jA17UPmKLIjBiwLb4oDoDA&biw=1600&bih=833&sei=jw17UJTaE8KsjAKPzIGIBw#q=space+jump&um=1&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSEgmPYF7s2XuWtCEBiYGWl8Na5g&iact=hc&vpx=426&vpy=149&dur=7349&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=87&ty=366&sig=116513520627093093850&ei=jw17UNq8G8vwiQLdqYD4Cw&page=1&tbnh=143&tbnw=90&ved=1t:2220,r:1,s:0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=30f0be2d2ed04456&bpcl=35277026&biw=1600&bih=833


27 posted on 10/14/2012 12:14:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro

capsule recovered (had it’s own chute)


28 posted on 10/14/2012 12:14:50 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Iron Munro
Do they just freefall back to earth somewhere?

They will continue to rise and expand in ever thinner air until, at some point, the balloon material will spring a leak (or rupture).

If a leak, the balloon and the capsule will eventually drift back to earth. If a rupture, the capsule will itself enter free-fall to a violent landing.

29 posted on 10/14/2012 12:15:05 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: gorush

30 posted on 10/14/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

I drove through that area many years ago at night on a two lane road, after revisiting the Grand canyon and on my way to Carlsbad Cavern. It was an interesting night time drive to say the least!


31 posted on 10/14/2012 12:19:25 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

32 posted on 10/14/2012 12:20:00 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: drewh

Where Muslims involved in anyway????/s


33 posted on 10/14/2012 12:22:36 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

That jump was, without a doubt, the scariest thing I have ever seen.


34 posted on 10/14/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sunshine Sister

A friend and I watched it on TV and had the Internet Youtube feed going through the project webpage. It was edge-of-your-seat gripping.


35 posted on 10/14/2012 12:26:59 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Sunshine Sister
One small step for man....one gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaint leap for mankind!


36 posted on 10/14/2012 12:27:43 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: drewh

In reading the headline my first thought was: Ok, he successfully jumped. Did he successfully land?

I know-all wrong, but that is how the mind works at times


37 posted on 10/14/2012 12:27:51 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh

He wasn’t worried about the height, just the sudden stop...


38 posted on 10/14/2012 12:28:44 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

Bigger balls than I have, for sure..........


39 posted on 10/14/2012 12:34:08 PM PDT by doorgunner69
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: drewh

I can see November from here!


40 posted on 10/14/2012 12:37:23 PM PDT by wvguy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh
Waaaaay cool! Now let's go 4 times higher and jump from the shuttle!


41 posted on 10/14/2012 12:38:55 PM PDT by patriotUSA (Thank you Jesus.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: patriotUSA

Looks like Felix could have landed on Pebble Beach and played 18 holes! :)


42 posted on 10/14/2012 12:42:59 PM PDT by drewh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: doorgunner69
Bigger balls than I have, for sure...

Mine would be hiding behind my breastbone at that height! ;-)

43 posted on 10/14/2012 12:44:47 PM PDT by wvguy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Doogle

The Klingons Jacked it.


44 posted on 10/14/2012 12:50:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Sunshine Sister

I’m not a fan of heights, but these kind of things don’t bother me too much because it’s controlled. The guy has a parachute, protective gear, and a capsule. He’s got a team and they’ve been working on this for years. Doing it under just the right conditions. I’m not trying to minimize the risk or the courage it takes. It is an amazing feat and I find it very interesting. I love the Joseph Kittinger video I discovered a few years back.

Joseph W. Kittinger - Skydiving From The Edge Of The World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxfdC7U_mgQ

But this kind of thing is harder for me to watch:

Crazy Russian Stunts at a crazy height Again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFW3-hxWPZE

from this thread:

Snapshots from the dizzying heights of Dubai
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2902908/posts#25


45 posted on 10/14/2012 12:56:25 PM PDT by beaversmom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: beaversmom

Video from beginning to landing . 2.3 down page:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217412/Felix-Baumgartner-Supersonic-skydiver-drops-earth-nearly-128-000-feet-Earth.html#


46 posted on 10/14/2012 1:03:22 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: BunnySlippers

Thanks for posting the video. Missed it this morning.


47 posted on 10/14/2012 1:15:11 PM PDT by beaversmom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: drewh

I watched the whole thing live and it was damned cool!

He is the craziest SOB on the planet, but he’s got guts!


48 posted on 10/14/2012 1:16:58 PM PDT by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: drewh; SandRat; Perdogg; KevinDavis

That’s movin’. When I first read about this plan (in Popular Science, some years ago by now) I thought it was completely nuts. The last US Air Force balloon jumper (the guy with the record, maybe the only survivor.

Boy, I hate watching the Lions, but it’s like a road accident, can’t stop myself. Pass plays from the ONE? Stupid tie game now. Idiotic. Oh, sorry, this paragraph is an irrelevant aside.


49 posted on 10/14/2012 1:41:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: drewh

Guy is a total badass. Period. World needs a hero.


50 posted on 10/14/2012 1:42:38 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, CO, IA OR NV = 281EV)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-79 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson