This guy is nuts!!! 120,000 foot or 23 mile jump

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjason6 View Post
    I just can't see the logic in jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft.
    You have never seen the planes we jump out of. Some I don't even know how they get off the ground.

    My first jump I had my left arm on a wire and the guy next to me said I shouldn't have my arm there. I asked why and he said that controls the tail. Lol!!

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    Funny that an energy drink has a better space program than our government does. That dude gets the big balls award for sure. I watched it live and was even applauding!! Something else I thought was funny......every command was "check" "check" "check" until they told him to unbuckle his seatbelt. They had to tell him twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjason6 View Post
    I just can't see the logic in jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft.
    True. I just dont consider a decked out beer can and helium balloon to be a perfectly good aircraft. This guy is what happens when the lawn-chair-helium balloon-redneck gets high dollar sponsorship. "hold ma beer! watch this!"

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    It really look like he was seriously tumbling for part of it, when I watched it live.

    Stuff like this, plus those XPrize folk, make me think that this whole 'lets go to space' thing might kick up again. That would be nice.
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    Leave it to private enterprise. Don't need the government involved in wasteful spending.
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    The amazing part was how quickly he gained speed in the super thin atmosphere, then abruptly stopped accelerating at 729 mph. Amazing. And a beautiful flared touchdown to boot! Great stuff.

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    Today, they said he was the first human being to break the sound barrier, and was measured up to speeds of 850 mph, and took a whole 9 minutes.

    One heck of a ride for only 9 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    Today, they said he was the first human being to break the sound barrier, and was measured up to speeds of 850 mph, and took a whole 9 minutes.

    One heck of a ride for only 9 minutes.
    A little less than 850 mph:

    Felix Baumgartner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Total time from spacecraft to Earth was about 9 minutes, but only 4 minutes and 19 seconds of that was spent in freefall, 17 seconds short of the record. That was because he pulled at 5,000 feet in keeping with the plan.

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    9:33 video of it : Watch Felix Baumgartner shatter world record with 24-mile leap

    includes showing him getting out of the capsule.

    Look at top of it, shows the altitude (128,000) , etc.

    as he exited his capsule in preparation for the historic jump at a height more than three times the average cruising altitude for jetliners, he flashed a thumbs-up sign. The Huffington Post reports, "Any contact with the capsule on his exit could have torn his pressurized suit, a rip that could expose him to a lack of oxygen and temperatures as low as minus-70 degrees. That could have caused lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids."
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    Quote Originally Posted by highvoltage View Post
    A little less than 850 mph:

    Felix Baumgartner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Total time from spacecraft to Earth was about 9 minutes, but only 4 minutes and 19 seconds of that was spent in freefall, 17 seconds short of the record. That was because he pulled at 5,000 feet in keeping with the plan.
    I have to see it again but I beleive he pulled at 8K AGL (the plan was 5K). That difference of 3K would only have been about 15 seconds depending on many things.
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    Imagine Felix's surprise when he opened the hatch and stepped out onto the ledge and heard... "Hey Buddy, Got a peanut?"

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    What I wanna know is, was he carrying?

    What if he had been confronted with aliens of dubious character?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Leave it to private enterprise. Don't need the government involved in wasteful spending.
    That was Burt Rutan's hope, and why he plans one selling tourist trips eventually.

    edit: at 2:26 at that video link above, he really looks like he's tumbling. Yikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    Today, they said he was the first human being to break the sound barrier, and was measured up to speeds of 850 mph, and took a whole 9 minutes.

    One heck of a ride for only 9 minutes.
    Imagine what that 9-minute ride cost. I can see Disney jacking up its prices already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dono View Post
    Funny that an energy drink has a better space program than our government does. That dude gets the big balls award for sure. I watched it live and was even applauding!! Something else I thought was funny......every command was "check" "check" "check" until they told him to unbuckle his seatbelt. They had to tell him twice.
    That was also the point where you could hear his breathing increase. I didn't get to watch it live, but thankfully someone was nice enough to DVR it for me. Pretty cool, IMO. Leave it to Red Bull to put on all kinds of cool stuff.

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