Skip to comments.Skydiver Successfully Jumps From The Edge Of Space
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.
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2:22 p.m.: According to the indicators provided by the Red Bull Stratos team, Baumgartner surpassed the speed of sound/Mach 1, but were still awaiting official confirmation.
The only thing falling faster than Baumgartner is 0zer0’s poll numbers.
24 miiiiiilllles hiiiiiiiiiiigh......
2:19 p.m.: Unofficially Baumgartner has achieved a 4 minute and 22 second freefall, which does not break Ret Col. Kittingers 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
LOL that is exactly what many were saying on twitter..its funny cause it’s true
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!
They showed the airspeed indicator, source unknown, and it cleared around 723 mph.
This was pretty cool.
So what happens to the 3,700 pound balloon and the 3,000 pound capsule?
Do they just freefall back to earth somewhere?
This bogus stunt was obviously filmed from a secure location at area 51. Same place that filmed the fake moon landings.
The capsule landed (w/parachute) about 35 to 45 miles away.
Don’t know about the balloon.
The older guy standing there had the old record, if I understood the news crew right.
Capsule came to earth by parachute
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.
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. ;)
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!
... and Ka-CHING!
Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartners Jump from 39.000 Metres! 2012
The capsule chutes down on its own.
The balloon no doubt flies itself somewhere downwind, that would be a catch.
More sizes: Your excellent photo
capsule recovered (had it’s own chute)
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.
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!
Where Muslims involved in anyway????/s
That jump was, without a doubt, the scariest thing I have ever seen.
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.
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
He wasn’t worried about the height, just the sudden stop...
Bigger balls than I have, for sure..........
Looks like Felix could have landed on Pebble Beach and played 18 holes! :)
Mine would be hiding behind my breastbone at that height! ;-)
The Klingons Jacked it.
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
But this kind of thing is harder for me to watch:
Crazy Russian Stunts at a crazy height Again.
from this thread:
Snapshots from the dizzying heights of Dubai
Video from beginning to landing . 2.3 down page:
Thanks for posting the video. Missed it this morning.
I watched the whole thing live and it was damned cool!
He is the craziest SOB on the planet, but he’s got guts!
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.
Guy is a total badass. Period. World needs a hero.