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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: man looks to sky dive from 23 miles up Reply with quote

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to make a second attempt to skydive from the edge of space on Sunday morning at 6 am MDT. After two postponed attempts, Baumgartner will try again to break the world’s free-fall record at 23 miles above Roswell, N.M. and become the first skydiver to surpass the speed of sound.

Baumgartner is hoping to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier by jumping from a capsule floated 23 miles into the stratosphere by 55-story helium balloon.

The jump was postponed due to wind Monday, then aborted at the last minute because of wind gusts Tuesday. The balloon is so delicate that it can take off only if winds on the ground are 2 mph or less.

http://www.weather.com/news/supersonic-skydiver-20120926
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ironman did this already.

But seriously, this would be cool to see. Hopefully it goes off flawless.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wind is always going to be a problem, doubt this ever happens cool idea though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pffft, trying jumping from 23 1/2 mile. Now THAT'S something.

23 miles-whatever. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Pffft, trying jumping from 23 1/2 mile. Now THAT'S something.

23 miles-whatever. Rolling Eyes
If he really wants to impress me he'll go for the Astronauts Badge. Of course he'd have to go up to 50 miles for that Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope he survives the situation and nothing unexpected causes his death.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a rush. That would be crazy fun (at least until you hit the ground). I have a strong desire to go skydiving someday soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having skydived before, I can't even imagine what a rush this would be. The feeling you get jumping at a normal altitude is incredibly intense, but this is just insane. Dude's got some serious brass.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does he land? Are parachutes that strong to not rip by trying to slow him down going almost 700mph? Is it a special type of material? I feel like you'd have to gradually slow down, not just pull a rip cord at that speed. Anyone know?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somethings gonna go wrong, the nitrogens gonna explode in his blood or something.

This dude is out of his mind
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flaccomania wrote:
How does he land? Are parachutes that strong to not rip by trying to slow him down going almost 700mph? Is it a special type of material? I feel like you'd have to gradually slow down, not just pull a rip cord at that speed. Anyone know?




That's a lot heavier, and they had parachutes that worked. Shouldn't be a problem for one guy.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How does he land? Are parachutes that strong to not rip by trying to slow him down going almost 700mph? Is it a special type of material? I feel like you'd have to gradually slow down, not just pull a rip cord at that speed. Anyone know?




That's a lot heavier, and they had parachutes that worked. Shouldn't be a problem for one guy.


But those parachutes simply slow the fall, not necessarily allow him to guide himself. As well, those can slow the fall with a great rate of speed, but with a human that change in speed could cause serious complications, I would imagine.

My guess would be some sort of combination -- something like that to slow him down initially, then maybe let it go and eject a normal parachute that allows him to control it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard about this already. I also heard this would put too many G's on his body for this to be possible, but idk.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flaccomania wrote:
How does he land? Are parachutes that strong to not rip by trying to slow him down going almost 700mph? Is it a special type of material? I feel like you'd have to gradually slow down, not just pull a rip cord at that speed. Anyone know?


He will reach speeds around 700mph in the upper atmosphere where the "air" is not very dense. He will slow down as he falls through more dense atmosphere. By the time he pulls his parachute he'll be going the same speed as any other skydiver.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would happen if he hits a bird during his 23 mile free fall at the speed of sound?

This sounds like a terrible idea.
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