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#1    Karlis

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 01:47 PM

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner to Jump From Edge of Space

Felix Baumgartner will go supersonic in August when he dives from 120 thousand feet. That's zero to 690 mph in 25 seconds -- a human body breaking the sound barrier without an airplane. Most people go to the edge of space or beyond in a rocket -- Baumgartner is going up in a capsule carried aloft by a huge helium balloon.
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Felix Baumgartner's Test Jump


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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:20 PM

That is very cool. This sounds like the kind of extreme that Evil Knievel would have gone to back in his day.

I hope he doesn't end up going up too high and stepping out into 'no gravity' and floating off into space. :D

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

This has already been accomplished by a skydiver known as Joseph Kittinger, whom plummeted to our planet from a height of 19 miles. Mind-you, this was in the 1970s, without all of the fancy gear that they have today.


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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:18 PM

Nice,

Pretty cool!

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:52 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 24 July 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

This has already been accomplished by a skydiver known as Joseph Kittinger, whom plummeted to our planet from a height of 19 miles. Mind-you, this was in the 1970s, without all of the fancy gear that they have today.
But that event wasn't sponsored by RedBull so it really doesn't count. :D

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:24 PM

This was done in 1960 by Captain Joseph Kittinger.  Here's an article and video.

1960 Freefall from Outer Space Is Still Awesome in 2011

Its still amazing.


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:35 AM

Good luck Felix.

I can't believe the record for this kind of jump is 52 years old!!


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:04 PM

Wouldn't his head explode once he broke the sound barrier?


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:18 PM

View PostDeathRain2012, on 25 July 2012 - 02:04 PM, said:

Wouldn't his head explode once he broke the sound barrier?
I'm thinking bad things would happen...

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:04 PM

He might burn up on re-entry!


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:43 PM

@Alienated Being - Joseph Kittinger is actually instructing Felix Baumgartner on this planned free fall.

Edited by Annabis, 25 July 2012 - 10:43 PM.


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:47 PM

Man I bet thats cool,Ive jumped out of planes before but that is quite a hight,Think Ill go jump next week with my friend,It is really a great view free falling .I really want to know what it looks like so high up,lucky man.


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 10:50 PM

View PostDeathRain2012, on 25 July 2012 - 02:04 PM, said:

Wouldn't his head explode once he broke the sound barrier?
No,his head will not explode breaking the sound barrier.


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:43 PM

Nothing new here but the advertisers its been done before but goodluck anyway and safe landing.  :tu:


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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:54 PM

View PostHarlequin Dreamer, on 25 July 2012 - 11:43 PM, said:

Nothing new here but the advertisers its been done before but goodluck anyway and safe landing.  :tu:
It's actually 18000 ft higher.  So it would be a new record.  But it sounds like it would also have some research value for escape systems in a very narrow application.  I wish him all the best.  I hope he survives.

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