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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 03:52:21 PM

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

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//hot like re-entry


More likely they will use a Warhammer 40k-style deep strike pod.
 
2012-10-09 04:31:58 PM
Surely the delay is to protect the balloon on the way up, and not him on the way down, right? I mean, if he's expecting to break the sound barrier, I can't see a 20-mph cross breeze mattering much...
 
2012-10-09 05:34:06 PM

whistleridge: Surely the delay is to protect the balloon on the way up, and not him on the way down, right? I mean, if he's expecting to break the sound barrier, I can't see a 20-mph cross breeze mattering much...


It is to protect the balloon and to keep him and the capsule from bouncing down the flight line upon launch.

And don't call me Shirley.
 
2012-10-09 06:25:00 PM
FTFA: "When the mission goes, Baumgartner will make a nearly three-hour ascent to 120,000 feet, then take a bunny-style hop from a pressurized capsule into a near-vacuum..."

Wait, they packed a BMX bike in the capsule for him to ride out the door? Just jumping out on his own wasn't extreme enough?

/I wonder how many tailwhips you can do in a 23 mile free-fall
 
2012-10-09 09:49:31 PM
And, from the strategic resource POV, what will become of the helium in the balloon? Has the wonderful Sir figured a way of recapturing the helium, or does another rich AssHat get to take a huge amount of helium and piss it to space?

I object to this guy being able to take huge amounts of a very limited resource and do something that benefits very few in humanity and science terms, then let the huge amount of helium go to space where it can not be recovered.

Apologies for the language, too many rich ones get away with this sort of idiotic and wasteful stuff.

Jump from space, but recapture the limited resource and keep Deep Sea maintenance, MRI's and other cryogenic material dependent science going.
 
2012-10-09 10:08:37 PM

WoodGnome: And, from the strategic resource POV, what will become of the helium in the balloon? Has the wonderful Sir figured a way of recapturing the helium, or does another rich AssHat get to take a huge amount of helium and piss it to space?

I object to this guy being able to take huge amounts of a very limited resource and do something that benefits very few in humanity and science terms, then let the huge amount of helium go to space where it can not be recovered.

Apologies for the language, too many rich ones get away with this sort of idiotic and wasteful stuff.

Jump from space, but recapture the limited resource and keep Deep Sea maintenance, MRI's and other cryogenic material dependent science going.


You must be fun to hang around at birthday parties.
 
2012-10-09 10:14:07 PM

WoodGnome: And, from the strategic resource POV, what will become of the helium in the balloon? Has the wonderful Sir figured a way of recapturing the helium, or does another rich AssHat get to take a huge amount of helium and piss it to space?

I object to this guy being able to take huge amounts of a very limited resource and do something that benefits very few in humanity and science terms, then let the huge amount of helium go to space where it can not be recovered.

Apologies for the language, too many rich ones get away with this sort of idiotic and wasteful stuff.

Jump from space, but recapture the limited resource and keep Deep Sea maintenance, MRI's and other cryogenic material dependent science going.


Dude, didn't you learn anything from the Nazis? There is more than enough Helium to be mined on the moon...

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2012-10-10 02:07:06 AM
I love how red bull tries to claim this has anything to do with science when it's basically attention whoring that got out of hand.
Unless going through the sound barrier magically cures cancer I don't see how this is going to be of any help to anything.

/also the guy looks like an asshole
 
2012-10-10 07:20:45 AM

4 out of 5 dentists: I love how red bull tries to claim this has anything to do with science when it's basically attention whoring that got out of hand.
Unless going through the sound barrier magically cures cancer I don't see how this is going to be of any help to anything.

/also the guy looks like an asshole


Actually, there *IS* some basic science being done. There is also a good dose of AW'ing, of course, but if that's what it takes to understand free fall at supersonic speeds, that's OK.
 
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