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(Fox News)   Felix Baumgartner's supersonic jump is on hold due to high winds, lack of extra underwear   (foxnews.com) divider line 59
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2012-10-09 09:33:24 AM
And how will all this publicity change the fact that Red Bull tastes like ass-flavored bubblegum?
 
2012-10-09 09:34:03 AM
Capt Kittinger laughs gently to himself.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-09 09:34:17 AM
All the best to the guy, but he's crazy!
 
2012-10-09 09:35:49 AM
How many times can this be delayed before I stop caring? Oh, too late.
 
2012-10-09 09:36:23 AM
 
2012-10-09 09:39:11 AM
News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.
 
2012-10-09 09:39:17 AM
A little too windy for ya, eh Felix? Ya big pussy.
 
2012-10-09 09:40:41 AM
images.zap2it.com

FELIX IS DOING THIS?!!?
 
2012-10-09 09:41:54 AM
MRS Baumgartner!

Aaaand a one-two-three-four,
one-two-three-four,
one-two-three-four
SWITCH!
one-two-three-four,
one-two-three-four
make that bad boy twitch!

/miss ya, Grease.
 
2012-10-09 09:42:40 AM
Go, Felix, go! Somewhere else and jump!
 
2012-10-09 09:43:47 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


The air is might thin up there. Terminal velocity is higher.
 
2012-10-09 09:46:42 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


Do you believe his falling farther or faster has anything to do with friction in space? Do you think that's air he's falling through?

/why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?
 
2012-10-09 09:46:52 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


Publicity stunt, how does it work?
 
2012-10-09 09:47:28 AM
www.daviddarling.info
Obviously should have blown up the balloon in here so at 50 feet, wind speed would be zero. Don't correct me on the radius of said balloon, however.
 
2012-10-09 09:52:13 AM
My infant son's middle name came from Joseph Kittinger.
 
2012-10-09 09:56:49 AM
At any time, he could say "fark it, I'm chickening out" and still be more man than any of us here.

Hat's off to you, Herr Baumgartner.
 
2012-10-09 09:56:49 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


The Sound Barrier will break him.
 
2012-10-09 09:57:10 AM

Flakeloaf: Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.

Do you believe his falling farther or faster has anything to do with friction in space? Do you think that's air he's falling through?

/why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?



The air *is* thin up there, but he won't be anywhere near "space".
 
2012-10-09 09:57:13 AM

stucka: My infant son's middle name came from Joseph Kittinger.


What is it - my best guess would be "fffffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccc ccccccccccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk " 

/let's see if the filters screw this up
 
2012-10-09 09:58:52 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


Terminal velocity is a result of the ratio between drag from air-resistance and the constant gravitational pull exerted on all object near Earth, (which itself is dependent upon the mass of the Earth and the distance of the object from Earth). At any normally encountered distance (i.e. within the atmosphere) terminal velocity for a normally shaped human being is around 120 mph (I think, too lazy to look up exact figures). This is because there is a good bit of air resistance and humans aren't naturally very aerodynamic.

As you get higher in the atmosphere the air gets thinner, meaning there is less resistance, meaning there is less drag. The gravitational pull however, is for all intents and purposes constant (it will decrease negligibly due to the Inverse Square Law).

So, the force pulling him toward the surface of the Earth is the same (his mass x 32 ft/s^2) the opposite force of the drag (from air resistance) is reduced by a large factor. This is what allows him to achieve speeds approaching (and possibly in excess of) the speed of sound. As he falls lower into the atmosphere, he will gradually slow as the air becomes more dense (thicker) until he does in fact, reach "terminal velocity", and then eventually pulls his parachute, which will provide even more air resistance by increasing the drag surface, slowing him to a speed that won't result in a big-red-mess when he hits the ground.

/Science!
 
2012-10-09 10:00:49 AM

ChipNASA: Capt Kittinger laughs gently to himself.


You do realize Kittinger is CAPCOM 1 for this jump, right?
 
2012-10-09 10:01:57 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


Or in simpler terms, he isn't "breaking through" terminal velocity, but rather the terminal velocity itself changes based on the thickness of the air (which is a result of the extreme height of the jump).
 
2012-10-09 10:03:47 AM
I imagine his last words will be along the lines of 'Oh, crap'
 
2012-10-09 10:08:54 AM
I wonder when "delayed due to high wind speeds in excess of two miles per hour" will become a fark headline meme.
 
2012-10-09 10:10:39 AM

ScottRiqui: Flakeloaf: Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.

Do you believe his falling farther or faster has anything to do with friction in space? Do you think that's air he's falling through?

/why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?


The air *is* thin up there, but he won't be anywhere near "space".


Yeah, but "at high altitude" didn't sound much like the original quote so I had to take a few liberties with atmospheric geography. In my lifetime I do expect to see someone punted out of a satellite in some kind of minimal clothing-plus-wings vehicle and try to re-enter the atmosphere as a publicity stunt.
 
2012-10-09 10:16:34 AM
Is he going to be chugging red bulls all the way down? Cause that would be totally extreme, brah.
 
2012-10-09 10:19:27 AM
They should just shove him out the door and see what happens.
 
2012-10-09 10:31:51 AM

Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.


Terminal velocity is higher than mach 1 once you're above about 90,000 feet. If he jumps out at 116,000 (which is the plan) he'll reach terminal velocity at an altitude where it is greater than the speed of sound, and then slow down continually as air density increases in the lower atmosphere.
 
2012-10-09 10:34:00 AM

Flakeloaf: ScottRiqui: Flakeloaf: Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.

Do you believe his falling farther or faster has anything to do with friction in space? Do you think that's air he's falling through?

/why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?


The air *is* thin up there, but he won't be anywhere near "space".

Yeah, but "at high altitude" didn't sound much like the original quote so I had to take a few liberties with atmospheric geography. In my lifetime I do expect to see someone punted out of a satellite in some kind of minimal clothing-plus-wings vehicle and try to re-enter the atmosphere as a publicity stunt.



That would be an accomplishment. I don't know how long we'll have to wait, though - this guy's attempt, if successful, will only slightly exceed a record (23 miles) that's stood for over 50 years. The lowest orbit that you can practicably sustain for a satellite is about 80-90 miles, so we're not talking about an incremental increase.
 
2012-10-09 10:34:39 AM
That would be a hell of a bungee jump if the balloon could stabilize for a bit, he could break the record twice in one jump.
 
2012-10-09 10:51:03 AM

ScottRiqui: Flakeloaf: ScottRiqui: Flakeloaf: Ras-Algethi: News reports say that he's attempting to break the sound barrier but how can he do that if he cannot break through terminal velocity? His suit isn't terribly aerodynamic.

Do you believe his falling farther or faster has anything to do with friction in space? Do you think that's air he's falling through?

/why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?


The air *is* thin up there, but he won't be anywhere near "space".

Yeah, but "at high altitude" didn't sound much like the original quote so I had to take a few liberties with atmospheric geography. In my lifetime I do expect to see someone punted out of a satellite in some kind of minimal clothing-plus-wings vehicle and try to re-enter the atmosphere as a publicity stunt.


That would be an accomplishment. I don't know how long we'll have to wait, though - this guy's attempt, if successful, will only slightly exceed a record (23 miles) that's stood for over 50 years. The lowest orbit that you can practicably sustain for a satellite is about 80-90 miles, so we're not talking about an incremental increase.


At the Johnson space center in Houston, one of the areas on the tour shows an escape pod for space stations designed to do an emergency re-entry. Can't recall why it was never used. It was about the size of a small car.
 
2012-10-09 10:58:52 AM

ScottRiqui: That would be an accomplishment. I don't know how long we'll have to wait, though - this guy's attempt, if successful, will only slightly exceed a record (23 miles) that's stood for over 50 years. The lowest orbit that you can practicably sustain for a satellite is about 80-90 miles, so we're not talking about an incremental increase.


There has been a plan on how to do that very thing since the 1960's:



As far as I know, there aren't any technical obstacles that would prevent you from doing something like that.
 
2012-10-09 11:00:25 AM

dittybopper: ScottRiqui: That would be an accomplishment. I don't know how long we'll have to wait, though - this guy's attempt, if successful, will only slightly exceed a record (23 miles) that's stood for over 50 years. The lowest orbit that you can practicably sustain for a satellite is about 80-90 miles, so we're not talking about an incremental increase.

There has been a plan on how to do that very thing since the 1960's:



As far as I know, there aren't any technical obstacles that would prevent you from doing something like that.


Carp. Fark didn't like that URL. Try this one:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-09 11:11:39 AM
Balloon layout has begun!
 
2012-10-09 11:12:30 AM
And it's back on. Awesome!
 
2012-10-09 11:14:59 AM
i11.photobucket.com

I just wanted to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2012-10-09 11:29:33 AM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: ChipNASA: Capt Kittinger laughs gently to himself.

You do realize Kittinger is CAPCOM 1 for this jump, right?


I didn't know he was Capcom 1 but I did know he was involved as an "adviser" (my words) for the team. I heard them talking to him on the radio this morning.

I just thought it would be appropriate....maybe I should have posted this.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-09 11:30:10 AM
¡Buena suerte! Lo que estamos contando con usted

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-09 11:34:17 AM

stucka: My infant son's middle name came from Joseph Kittinger.


You named your son Iron Balls?
 
dwg
2012-10-09 11:45:51 AM
Prepare my brown trousers!
 
2012-10-09 12:29:53 PM

dittybopper: dittybopper: ScottRiqui: That would be an accomplishment. I don't know how long we'll have to wait, though - this guy's attempt, if successful, will only slightly exceed a record (23 miles) that's stood for over 50 years. The lowest orbit that you can practicably sustain for a satellite is about 80-90 miles, so we're not talking about an incremental increase.

There has been a plan on how to do that very thing since the 1960's:



As far as I know, there aren't any technical obstacles that would prevent you from doing something like that.

Carp. Fark didn't like that URL. Try this one:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 405x600]


That's not funny.
A MOOSE bit my sister once.

dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-10-09 12:43:25 PM
Launch should be happening in 30 minutes.
 
2012-10-09 12:49:39 PM

markie_farkie: And how will all this publicity change the fact that Red Bull tastes like ass-flavored bubblegum?


I'm afraid to ask how come you know what ass-flavored bubblegum tastes, for fear of getting an answer.
 
2012-10-09 01:26:26 PM
dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-10-09 01:45:42 PM
Aborted.

Boooooo.
 
2012-10-09 01:45:51 PM

Flab: markie_farkie: And how will all this publicity change the fact that Red Bull tastes like ass-flavored bubblegum?

I'm afraid to ask how come you know what ass-flavored bubblegum tastes, for fear of getting an answer.


This one time, at band camp......
 
2012-10-09 02:32:16 PM
Don't be fooled. This is just preliminary research for the next generation H.A.L.O. drops. Or this.
 
2012-10-09 02:32:18 PM

markie_farkie: Flab: markie_farkie: And how will all this publicity change the fact that Red Bull tastes like ass-flavored bubblegum?

I'm afraid to ask how come you know what ass-flavored bubblegum tastes, for fear of getting an answer.

This one time, at band camp......


Don't. Pop. The. Bubble.
 
2012-10-09 02:34:15 PM

washington-babylon: Don't be fooled. This is just preliminary research for the next generation H.A.L.O. drops. Or this.


images2.wikia.nocookie.net

//hot like re-entry
 
2012-10-09 03:45:18 PM
Kittenger was interviewed about this and they asked him if he'd do it. His reply? Hell Yes!

That's an American badass for you. 84 and still ready to do it again, even higher.
 
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