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Dom Heffner
03-15-2012, 11:21 PM
I've been meaning to post on this guy for a few years. Esquire did a story on him- search it out, awesome story.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46751279/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Dom Heffner
03-15-2012, 11:26 PM
The photo on MSNBC's home page is amazing- the earth from 13 miles up and Felix getting ready to jump. Traveled 346 mph freefall....good gracious.

Dom Heffner
03-15-2012, 11:32 PM
Here's the link to the story- his plan is to freefall through the sound barrier.

The reason he's doing it is pretty cool. I believe his wife died in the space shuttle tragedy over Texas- wants to see if astronauts could escape such a mishap.

http://www.esquire.com/features/impossible/felix-baumgartner-skydive-0810

texasdave
10-09-2012, 05:14 PM
BUMP.

Seems as though the weather won't cooperate. Maybe tomorrow.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SUPERSONIC_SKYDIVER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-09-11-04-58

Dom Heffner
10-10-2012, 08:15 PM
And a correction- his wife did not die in a shuttle mission. I believe it was a person eorking on the mission whose wife died.

This is the best story...and three fourths of people have no clue it's happening.

klw
10-10-2012, 08:46 PM
When I saw this I thought it odd that you were posting a thread on the Giants pitcher. Oops that's Madison Bumgarner. Oh Felix was postponed again today due to high winds. Sunday looks to be the next chance.

GAC
10-11-2012, 05:34 AM
Wow! This is amazing.

I hope the people in Roswell have been well informed or we're going to get all types of UFO sightings. ;)

RedFanAlways1966
10-11-2012, 11:15 AM
This makes me wonder...

Where is the line drawn by law enforcement? People commit suicide in various ways (incl. jumping off something high in the air). Where/how does the law consider things like this OK? Like a stunt to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. I think some of the Niagara stunts have been approved and others have been done with no approval. Obviously Felix is not trying to kill himself, but can I do the same stunt without getting some sort of OK? Or would I be arrested and Felix would not (if both survive)?

Is spacesuit knowledge worth the life of a human being? Personally I believe it is more about being in the record book and Red Bull gaining attention than it is about spacesuits.

Party pooper, I know. But common sense and rationale make me think like this lol.

GAC
10-11-2012, 04:10 PM
Hope he has Deep Purple's Space Truckin' blaring on the way down. LOL

RedFanAlways1966
10-11-2012, 04:26 PM
Hope he has Deep Purple's Space Truckin' blaring on the way down. LOL

Or how about 1970's David Bowie?!? THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH!

Dom Heffner
10-11-2012, 08:08 PM
The fact the balloon carrying him up is 1/10th the thickness of a ziploc bag and is 55 stories high is amazing.

Dom Heffner
10-11-2012, 08:11 PM
This thing makes me giddy. From that height, if he steps off the platform too hard it can send him into a death spiral.

Yachtzee
10-13-2012, 02:47 PM
This makes me wonder...

Where is the line drawn by law enforcement? People commit suicide in various ways (incl. jumping off something high in the air). Where/how does the law consider things like this OK? Like a stunt to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. I think some of the Niagara stunts have been approved and others have been done with no approval. Obviously Felix is not trying to kill himself, but can I do the same stunt without getting some sort of OK? Or would I be arrested and Felix would not (if both survive)?

Is spacesuit knowledge worth the life of a human being? Personally I believe it is more about being in the record book and Red Bull gaining attention than it is about spacesuits.

Party pooper, I know. But common sense and rationale make me think like this lol.

Is it really all that different than the early days of supersonic and space flight? Test pilots were out there risking their necks all the time in order to test barriers that no one thought a human could survive. One slip up or a malfunctioning craft could mean death. And while the aerospace industry wanted to build craft capable of supersonic and space flight, the primary motivation of the pilots was to see who could go higher and faster than anyone else.

Dom Heffner
10-13-2012, 05:08 PM
I did not realize that the boiling point changes at that altitude. Something like 98.6 degrees...if his visor opens or cracks....not pretty.

klw
10-13-2012, 08:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/redbull?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Stratos-National-B-Desktop-Exact&utm_group=Events-Stratos&utm_term=red+bull+stratos

New target launch time is 8am ET tomorrow. (Sunday)

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 08:31 AM
There was a Russian skydiver who jumped from above the point I spoke of where the boilijg point is only 98 degrees or so. As he exited his capsule he hit his head and put a hairline crack in his visor.

He was DOA.

Not sure what would scare me worse- the ebullism (gas bubbles form beneath the skin and you swell up like a bodybuilder) or the fact that if he jumps a little too right or left footed he'll start to spin and most likely his brain will detach from his spinal column.

There is a chance he doesn't make it today- they aren't even sure the suit can withstand a sonic boom.

690 MPH straight down for a little while.

texasdave
10-14-2012, 10:37 AM
You can watch it live. How much of it I have no idea.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 10:56 AM
It's also on cable...Velocity channel I think? Balloon is being inflated, he's getting in the suit.

Less than an hour until launch.

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 11:26 AM
The only person Baumgartner will be in communication with will be Kittinger, who holds the current free fall record. He's 84 now.

Felix suffered from claustrophobia from the suit to the point he needed therapy. He almost scrapped the mission because of it. All you can hear is your own breathing, your vision is limited. For hours.

Getting closer to launch...he'll jump a few hours after that.

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 11:30 AM
Balloon is inflated, he's in the capsule....

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 11:34 AM
And we are off!

texasdave
10-14-2012, 11:38 AM
A couple of songs while we wait.

David Bowie - Space Oddity (stereo version) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKE3FSPJu-4)

Tom Petty - Free Falling - Official Music Video - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gqT6En2O78)

JaxRed
10-14-2012, 11:46 AM
Getting closer to launch...he'll jump a few hours after that.

Had no idea it would take that long. They just said 2 hours to altitude. I assume he doesn't linger at altitude, he'll just go?

Dom Heffner
10-14-2012, 11:48 AM
Had no idea it would take that long. They just said 2 hours to altitude. I assume he doesn't linger at altitude, he'll just go?

My understanding is it is close to 2 hours up and then he goes....he's at over 20,000 feet now, I think? 5 meters a second....

JaxRed
10-14-2012, 11:52 AM
I assume 99% of the conversations now are just for show/keep him occupied. You can get this data automatically.

JaxRed
10-14-2012, 12:08 PM
Kittinger quite the dude also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger

JaxRed
10-14-2012, 12:55 PM
Lost the video

Got it back on http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/

dougdirt
10-14-2012, 01:26 PM
Took me a while to find it on TWC, It is on the Discovery Channel.

JaxRed
10-14-2012, 01:40 PM
Thanks Doug. I kept losing web and web is minute behind Directv

OldRightHander
10-14-2012, 02:45 PM
I didn't see it live. Any replay videos out there yet?

marcshoe
10-14-2012, 09:36 PM
I once fell 24 miles, but only metaphorically.

bigredmechanism
10-16-2012, 12:24 AM
I know he didn't pitch well but it is truly amazing that the guy went to SF and pitched after all that.

Chip R
10-16-2012, 10:20 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9608723/Felix-Baumgartners-space-dive-immortalised-in-Lego.html#ooid=F4bms2NjqI8HNEFJafjeFch2RSRURJoY

camisadelgolf
10-16-2012, 04:25 PM
http://i.imgur.com/59rw6.jpg

Dom Heffner
10-16-2012, 05:28 PM
Hahahaahahahah.....

Light is um....fast.

texasdave
10-16-2012, 06:10 PM
Hahahaahahahah.....

Light is um....fast.

Drew Stubbs fast.

marcshoe
10-16-2012, 11:18 PM
Isn't that, like impossible?

OldRightHander
10-17-2012, 12:15 AM
So, he jumped on Sunday and landed Saturday evening?

camisadelgolf
10-17-2012, 12:40 AM
Isn't that, like impossible?
He theorized that Einstein was wrong, and he proved it with this jump. That's why it's such a big deal.

texasdave
10-17-2012, 12:43 AM
Would falling faster than the speed of light allow him to jump, land and then look up and see himself falling?

camisadelgolf
10-17-2012, 12:46 AM
Would falling faster than the speed of light allow him to jump, land and then look up and see himself falling?
No, Earth was in a different position at the time.

texasdave
10-17-2012, 01:21 PM
No, Earth was in a different position at the time.

Okay, so I guess landing upon himself is impossible. Because that was my next question. :laugh:

camisadelgolf
10-17-2012, 03:08 PM
Okay, so I guess landing upon himself is impossible. Because that was my next question. :laugh:
That's the thing about time travel. Even if you're able to go back in time, you have to account for the fact that Earth is constantly revolving and rotating. It gives a lot of people pause when I bring that up.

And my humor was lost on a couple folks. Felix Baumgartner did not travel faster than light. Travelling that fast would've undoubtedly killed him.

texasdave
10-17-2012, 10:00 PM
That's the thing about time travel. Even if you're able to go back in time, you have to account for the fact that Earth is constantly revolving and rotating. It gives a lot of people pause when I bring that up.

And my humor was lost on a couple folks. Felix Baumgartner did not travel faster than light. Travelling that fast would've undoubtedly killed him.


And it would be really scary because light wouldn't be able to keep up with him and it would be really dark. :laugh:

marcshoe
10-21-2012, 12:37 AM
I feel sorry for the people who jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge today. I mean, that's like jumping into the kiddies pool now.

Dom Heffner
10-23-2012, 11:37 PM
In an interview on the Today Show Felix said he didn't enjoy it much. That's honesty.

dougdirt
10-25-2012, 12:20 AM
In an interview on the Today Show Felix said he didn't enjoy it much. That's honesty.

Probably hard to enjoy it while crapping your pants. You know he was scared out of his mind.

Dom Heffner
10-27-2012, 09:26 AM
Probably hard to enjoy it while crapping your pants. You know he was scared out of his mind.

The spinning...dangerous situation when the air is so thin.

I was watching it on the home theater and was just breathless. I have no clue why I got into this story so much but I always find it interesting to see people be where they should not be.

camisadelgolf
10-27-2012, 01:57 PM
The spinning...dangerous situation when the air is so thin.

I was watching it on the home theater and was just breathless. I have no clue why I got into this story so much but I always find it interesting to see people be where they should not be.
In that case, I bet you love the Hurricane Sandy coverage. Nothing beats a reporter in the dangerous wind and rain trying to tell us that it's windy, rainy, and dangerous.

Dom Heffner
10-29-2012, 03:28 PM
In that case, I bet you love the Hurricane Sandy coverage. Nothing beats a reporter in the dangerous wind and rain trying to tell us that it's windy, rainy, and dangerous.

The only time I would enjoy this would be if Al Roker got blown into the ocean.

That would make my day.