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(Yahoo)   Highest free-fall jump postponed due to winds   ( divider line
    More: Followup, cold fronts, Baumgartner, jet streams, Roswell UFO  
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2012-10-06 06:15:36 PM  
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DrPainMD: FTA: ...extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner...

Falling qualifies one to be called an athlete?

Next you're gonna tell me people who go fast and turn left aren't athletes. Let's see you do it.
2012-10-06 08:14:26 PM  
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jbuist: Scruffinator: The man dubbed "Fearless Felix" is attempting to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he doesn't, a gruesome demise could be live-streamed on the Internet for the world to see.

So, if he doesn't fall fast enough, he's going to die?

I don't get it.

In order to break the sound barrier he needs to hold a head-down position. Going belly-to-earth will be too slow as the air resistance will be higher. Maintaining head-down is about as hard as it gets even under typical atmosphereic conditions. Up there he's got very little air to play with. If he screws up and starts going head-over-heels he'll probably pass out from the G forces. Same thing will be problem if he tosses it and ends up doing a horizontal belly spin.

Or the author is just a moron. *shrug*

The current world record holder (Kittenger) used a drogue chute to keep him a bit more stable to prevent these problems. It also kept him from breaking the sound barrier.

Gyrfalcon: I guess the "sound barrier" is an actual barrier, like a wall, which he's going to hit at 775 mph, leaving only a cranberry-colored smear hanging in the sky.

Been a while since I did the math but the sound barrier is closer to 690 mph at that elevation. It changes based on air density. I can with reasonable certainty that it's in the 600's somewhere.

He has to fall fast enough to BREAK it. If he only falls fast enough to HIT it, then we get that lovely deep-red smudge on the sky.
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