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    Default Re: Skydiver Begins Prep for Supersonic Jump

    Its like watching paint dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer Fun View Post
    Its like watching paint dry.
    Yes, it is. But that first step is gonna be a lulu.
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    My wife just said that this would've been the kind of thing that we'd have watched on TV when we were in school. Pretty neat! I gotta wonder why they didn't let him go at least several seconds over the current free fall record though.
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    Congrats Felix !. .

    I didn't think he was gonna stop spinning .

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    I think they wanted Kittenger to still have part of the record. Just guessing, though. I didn't hear Geronimo.
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    WOW!!

    2 questions, did the suite heat up when he hit the air?

    And what happens to the capsole and balloon?
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    The capsule has a automatic parachute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer Fun View Post
    The capsule has a automatic parachute.
    Hope it works or it will be like a new style lawn dart.
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    This was a great feat of human perseverance, to stay the course, witch has been done before and take it to the next level shows we as humans, can and will always push the envelope of what it means to be alive, even though we put a man on the moon, this is no small feat, I don't know about you people but my nerves got tense at total loft, i had the felling the balloon would burst.

    What's next?. Any thoughts.
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    Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody66912 View Post
    This was a great feat of human perseverance, to stay the course, witch has been done before and take it to the next level shows we as humans, can and will always push the envelope of what it means to be alive, even though we put a man on the moon, this is no small feat, I don't know about you people but my nerves got tense at total loft, i had the felling the balloon would burst.

    What's next?. Any thoughts.
    whats next???.......the sceptics saying it was all hollywood movie magic, and it never really happened.
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    The sight of him falling away so quickly was eerie and the spinning looked like a puke generator. No hesitation .... Too cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwcove View Post
    whats next???.......the sceptics saying it was all hollywood movie magic, and it never really happened.
    LOL. enter the tinfoil hats group. I could clearly see chemtrails, and wires holding up the capsule, no wait a minute I think i see the chemtrails holding up the capsule. had to say it sorry. LOL.
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    they started to vent helium at 128,000 feet and up to then it was still climbing at about 800 feet per min so how high could he have gone? i thought he would have stayed went until the ballon couldnt go any higher then jumped

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    Quote Originally Posted by angus63 View Post
    The sight of him falling away so quickly was eerie and the spinning looked like a puke generator. No hesitation .... Too cool!
    No kiddin' ... I didn't get to watch until this evening after church. That initial drop from the capsule was amazing.

    I wasn't sure about that spin either, musta' been quite the ride in that sense. Cool to watch.
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    I'm skeptical that it's physically possible to exceed the speed of sound in a jump like this. Drag increases exponentially as you approach the sound barrier, and there is no energy in the system besides his own falling mass to push him past it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GA_Boater View Post
    I think they wanted Kittenger to still have part of the record. Just guessing, though. I didn't hear Geronimo.
    The guy was talking over it, but Felix clearly said that he thinks he passed out. I think he was confused at how long he had been free falling, and pulled the chute too early. The spin he was in was NOT what they wanted.
    What he said before he jumped was something like "you have to get up this high to realize how small you are."

    He actually said "Sometimes you have to be really high, to see how small you really are. I'm going home now."
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn property of pam View Post
    they started to vent helium at 128,000 feet and up to then it was still climbing at about 800 feet per min so how high could he have gone? i thought he would have stayed went until the ballon couldnt go any higher then jumped
    No, because his supply of oxyen in the suit was limited. If he had gone much higher, he would have run out of breathable air on his way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TilliamWe View Post
    No, because his supply of oxyen in the suit was limited. If he had gone much higher, he would have run out of breathable air on his way down.
    The suit O2 was only for the decent and was for 10 minutes. On the way up he was hooked up to O2 tanks in the gondola. There are limits how you can go before the balloon bursts due to lack of atmospheric pressure. 24 miles was closing in on the safe limit, given safety factors. And he was supposed to pull the chute around 5000', so he pulled early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TilliamWe View Post
    The guy was talking over it, but Felix clearly said that he thinks he passed out. I think he was confused at how long he had been free falling, and pulled the chute too early. The spin he was in was NOT what they wanted...
    I had to go back and listen to that again ... interesting. I knew the spin was not part of the plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by GA_Boater View Post
    ...There are limits how you can go before the balloon bursts due to lack of atmospheric pressure. 24 miles was closing in on the safe limit, given safety factors...
    I'm no aviation or balloon expert, but my understanding of that particular balloon at least is that they hit altitude and stop. They don't burst though. There was a controlled release of the gondola to get it back to the ground. Not sure what ultimately happens to the balloon. Be kinda' a bummer to have that mug land on your house one morning
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    I don't know about you guys, but I can say with absolute certainty that I do not possess the courage to step off. Cheers to you Felix!
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    The following quotes are from the Red Bull Stratos site. A;most everything is explained.

    Sounds to me like the balloon will rip apart if everything isn't perfect.

    A 40 acre dry cleaner bag carries nearly 3,000 pounds. That's the Red Bull Stratos Balloon. .........
    Float altitude(top altitude), where low air pressure will cause the helium to expand so much that if the excess cannot escape through the balloon's vent tubes, it will burst. Helium inflation quantities are carefully calculated to avoid this.
    After jump balloon and capsule sequence:

    After Felix has landed, Mission Control will trigger the separation of the capsule and balloon, so that the capsule can descend under its parachute. A nylon "destruct line" will release the helium so that the balloon returns to Earth. Then, the team will gather the envelope into a large truck, a process that can take several hours.
    Other than a minor glitch with the face shield heater, all went as planned. Congratulations to Felix and the the entire team Well done!

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    I don't know about you guys, but I can say with absolute certainty that I do not possess the courage to step off. Cheers to you Felix!
    You got that right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angus63 View Post

    I don't know about you guys, but I can say with absolute certainty that I do not possess the courage to step off. Cheers to you Felix!
    True that. But at the same time, I don't think I would want to stay up there either........ Cool stuff......
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    Whats next?

    How about a geo sync orbital jump pad?

    (sorta like the altimate base jump spot)
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