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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 00:02

ROSWELL, New Mexico (AP) — Austrian skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he doesn't, a tragic fall could be live-streamed on the Internet for the world to see.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles above Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles. Kittinger's speed of 614 mph was just shy of breaking the sound barrier at that height.

And while he and his team of experts recognize the worst-case scenarios — including "boiling" blood and exploding lungs — they have confidence in their built-in solutions. Those solutions are something NASA is watching closely. The space agency is interested in the potential for escape systems on future rocket ships.

This death-defying venture is being sponsored by energy drink maker, Red Bull, which has funded other extreme athletic events.

Red Bull has been promoting a live Internet stream of the event from all cameras except those on Baumgartner's body.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 00:10

wow. some of the ways people get their kicks

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 00:11

I smell Death.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 00:20

i see a crimson red gooey spot in the desert real soon

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:23

Gulp! I hope he makes it.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:11

This is a precursor to true SpaceDiving - developing suits and methods for bailing out of spacecraft at altitudes beyond the Karman Line - 62 miles / 100 kilometers, the boundary of space. This is where Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two and XCOR's Lynx will fly.

As for this guy - he's already jumped from 18 miles and made it, so....

BTW: sport HALO (high altitude / low open) jumpers jump from 4-5 miles all the time.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:11

Live stream is available here: http://www.youtube.com/redbull

I can't wait to see how this goes, hopefully breaking the sound barrier in a space suit won't kill him.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:48

ROSWELL, N.M. – Plans for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert were on hold Tuesday morning due to winds, but his team was still hoping the weather would clear in time to make the jump.

Translation: He chickened out -- buawk buk buk buk .... :laugh:


Read more: http://www.foxnews.c...g#ixzz28nzuptC2



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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:35

Launch delayed until 11:30 MDT, 17:30 GMT...good and bad..its been delayed...but that means I can new get home from work to watch :-)

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:41

Live stream is available here: http://www.youtube.com/redbull

I can't wait to see how this goes, hopefully breaking the sound barrier in a space suit won't kill him.

I am hoping it doesn't kill him, not because of his safety and well being, but because what it means for the rest of us. If it kills him, well he knew the risks in doing it so I don't think it will be a sad death, but rather a very important and meaningful one. One of the major limitations in commercial space flight is the problem of safety. Widespread commercial space flight will not be allowed for the public until it is deemed safe enough. One safety concern is what to do in the case of a failed launch. If he survived this, it will bring us one step closer to companies having a safer method of action in case of a launch failure.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:47

The jump just got delayed to the target of 11:30 MDT.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:51

Been waiting ages to see this, hope it goes ahead.

Ever since I saw footage of the Kittinger jump I always wanted to do this.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:51

Hum -

Winds are a huge deal here as they can cause both balloon and jumper to drift miles away from the approved jump zone. No need to go to jail & pay huge fines over this.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 14:35

Some one should ask him if the moon is real...

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 14:57

^ And grab some of that cheese !



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