120,000' skydive underway


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120,000' skydive underway

Postby DrJay » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:49 am

Balloon lifted off about 20 minutes ago. Should take about 2 hrs to reach 120,000' altitude. Watch live:

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby kuha » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:36 am

By my hasty back-of-the-envelope calculation, he'll become the first person to "do" a 6 second mile outside of any mechanical contraption. Makes Bolt look like a tortoise.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:48 am

Sorry but Kittinger did a 6 second mile, only 6 years after Bannister did his epic feat.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby gh » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:21 am

WOW... now that's reality TV!
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Rye Catcher » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:23 am

729 mph. But did it break the mach? I believe that above 40,000ft, mach 1 is considered 660mph, so it appears on the surface that he broke the mach. We will see.

I wonder what his shockwave looked like?
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby gh » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:26 am

interesting that he didn't break the freefall record; going faster actually compromised that goal!
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Rye Catcher » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:35 am

gh wrote:interesting that he didn't break the freefall record; going faster actually compromised that goal!


He actually screwed up. He could have deployed his chute later at a lower falling speed.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby jeremyp » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:41 am

Rye Catcher wrote:
gh wrote:interesting that he didn't break the freefall record; going faster actually compromised that goal!


He actually screwed up. He could have deployed his chute later at a lower falling speed.

I understand he was supposed to do it at 5,000' and it looks like he did it at 6,000+. One huge step for man.....
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby gh » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:37 am

I suspect he had no control over the deployment; because of the (high) risk of his being unconscious/disoriented, they would have rigged the gear with an "altimeter" that triggered the release at a pre-set altitude, no?
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Rye Catcher » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:44 am

gh wrote:I suspect he had no control over the deployment; because of the (high) risk of his being unconscious/disoriented, they would have rigged the gear with an "altimeter" that triggered the release at a pre-set altitude, no?


Probably correct, but ha may have pulled early or the barometer screwed up. I believe they had computed the pull altitude so as to get the freefall time record. Oh well, maybe in another lifetime someone will break the record or maybe not.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Anthony Treacher » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:38 pm

That's nowt. Everyone knows that the real thrill comes from a static line jump from a tethered balloon at only 800 feet. (Followed by a summer night with The Witch of Abingdon on the grassy banks of the Thames).

Otherwise I recognize guts. But I instinctively do not like this spaceman-parachuting. It seems a foolhardy, useless gimmick. He could have killed himself. And the next bloke to try it probably will.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Rye Catcher » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:11 pm

Looks like he broke the speed record. 1,342.8 KM/H, 834 MPH, mach 1.24.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby tandfman » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:53 am

He also broke the YouTube record. More than 8 million live viewers.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/39427 ... record.htm
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby jeremyp » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:04 am

Question? Was there a bang? Or is that just planes?
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Conor Dary » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:55 am

Probably not much of one if at all. Remember he could go that fast only because there was so little atmosphere, and slowed down considerably as he got closer to the ground.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby lonewolf » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:27 pm

My Army Ranger son says for a real thrill in parachuting, try it from 500'.. at night.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Rye Catcher » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:20 pm

lonewolf wrote:My Army Ranger son says for a real thrill in parachuting, try it from 500'.. at night.


I can pass on that little trick. In fact, anyone who willingly jumps out of a perfectly good airplane is a bit daff.
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Re: 120,000' skydive underway

Postby Anthony Treacher » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:45 pm

It was quite easy at that age: “I are going to die. But it does not matter. It’s the Sergeant’s fault. He told me to jump.”
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