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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    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.
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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    You can watch it live. How much of it I have no idea.

    http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    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.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    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.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Balloon is inflated, he's in the capsule....

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    And we are off!

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post

    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?

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    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....

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    I assume 99% of the conversations now are just for show/keep him occupied. You can get this data automatically.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Kittinger quite the dude also

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

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Lost the video

    Got it back on http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
    Last edited by JaxRed; 10-14-2012 at 01:05 PM.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Took me a while to find it on TWC, It is on the Discovery Channel.

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    Thanks Doug. I kept losing web and web is minute behind Directv

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    Re: Felix Baumgartner is the Freaking Man

    I didn't see it live. Any replay videos out there yet?
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