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(Red Bull)   Wind is great, balloon inflated, all is a go. Link to live stream of Red Bull Stratos   (redbullstratos.com) divider line 1007
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2012-10-14 11:49:32 AM  
www.examiner.com

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//You don't think... no, it couldn't... FAAAALCON!!11!
 
2012-10-14 11:50:05 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Um....he has already launched....he sort of doesn't have an option at this point.

What happens if something goes awry?
Does he jump anyway or is the capsule equipped with recovery gear like chutes and etc. that can bring him down again?


Pop the door and jump.
 
2012-10-14 11:50:05 AM  
How long did they say it's gonna take to get up to jump altitude?
 
2012-10-14 11:50:08 AM  
Oooh the actual Redbull site is way cooler. Has all the telemetry stuff.
 
2012-10-14 11:50:16 AM  

way south: There's only one way down now.
The only question is altitude.

[dl.dropbox.com image 850x1079]


Joe is a badass and will hold that status for life. Jumping in mickey mouse boots!
 
2012-10-14 11:50:40 AM  
How the hell are strong winds at 40k feet not a problem, but 2 mph winds call off the launch?
 
2012-10-14 11:50:51 AM  

luckybastard: How long did they say it's gonna take to get up to jump altitude?


A little less than 2 hours to target altitude.
 
2012-10-14 11:51:01 AM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Twenty second time delay.


What a rip-off. Half the reason for even making a big production out of it is for the morbid potential of the act.
 
2012-10-14 11:51:10 AM  
Live broadcast on the Discovery Channel, FWIW.
 
2012-10-14 11:51:12 AM  

luckybastard: How long did they say it's gonna take to get up to jump altitude?


A little less than two hours at this point.
 
2012-10-14 11:51:36 AM  

bobbette: Two hours?

Fark this, I'm going to come back later, I don't need to watch the "old crazy guy talks to young crazy guy ... for this long.


And yet, you've been at FARK for 10 years!!

?

(I agree, time for breakfast.)
 
2012-10-14 11:51:43 AM  

swahnhennessy: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Twenty second time delay.

What a rip-off. Half the reason for even making a big production out of it is for the morbid potential of the act.


Why is the TV broadcast a minute ahead of the online?
 
2012-10-14 11:51:43 AM  
This is about the altitude my testicles would start tryng to crawl back inside me.
 
2012-10-14 11:52:29 AM  
http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/ has been showing me a video of eight white dots circling in the center of a black screen for the last 10 minutes, even after a few browser refreshes.

I am not impressed with their "live" video.
 
2012-10-14 11:52:40 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: What happens if something goes awry?
Does he jump anyway or is the capsule equipped with recovery gear like chutes and etc. that can bring him down again?


They've said, if something goes wrong, he gets the hell out of there and jumps regardless of altitude. Even if the altitude is 100 feet above the ground. They had the altitude marked in red early on because to indicate that if he had to jump at that altitude, he'd go splat.
 
2012-10-14 11:53:08 AM  
God speed Felix!
 
2012-10-14 11:53:31 AM  

swahnhennessy: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Twenty second time delay.

What a rip-off. Half the reason for even making a big production out of it is for the morbid potential of the act.


It would be not good to see him mess up that visor with his brains.
It would be something like a near simultaneous boiling and evaporation of all his body fluids, I think.
 
2012-10-14 11:55:29 AM  
Tracking his latitude/longitude, he's a good way down county road 256, heading toward Dexter.
 
2012-10-14 11:55:30 AM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: bobbette: OtherBrotherDarryl: Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?

Probably, although he's giving different readings than on the screen. I suspect it is mostly for our benefit because otherwise there would be no drama.

I'm sure they want to double check and make sure the telemetry data is accurate.


I wonder if they also do it to keep Felix busy.

My biggest fear would be his suit failing on the way up, and he starts acting loopy from the onset of Hypoxia.
If they keep him busy and talking, they might be able to spot the effects early even if sensors don't show it.
 
2012-10-14 11:56:04 AM  

Gosling: HotIgneous Intruder: What happens if something goes awry?
Does he jump anyway or is the capsule equipped with recovery gear like chutes and etc. that can bring him down again?

They've said, if something goes wrong, he gets the hell out of there and jumps regardless of altitude. Even if the altitude is 100 feet above the ground. They had the altitude marked in red early on because to indicate that if he had to jump at that altitude, he'd go splat.


Ah. And since CYPRES is one of the sponsors, I'd say if he can just get himself out of the capsule he's good to go. He's got automatic opening devices on his parachute that operate based on velocity and altitude. He could be unconscious and still probably survive the jump.
Cool stuff.
 
2012-10-14 11:56:08 AM  

SenorDan: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Ahhh_Ennui: SenorDan: Watching it on the Discovery channel...the announcer is really annoying.

Agreed. Also commercials. Blech.

Live stream from YouTube via wired.

Same announcer is on Youtube. Oh well, no commercials at least so far.

goodole312: SenorDan: Watching it on the Discovery channel...the announcer is really annoying.

they really gonna show it through the whole ascent? its about as exciting as watching paint dry

I guess. I'm going to watch on youtube on my computer until they get to the jump.


Yes, they are going to show the whole thing. This whole morning was a constant shot of the capsule dangling from the crane with the occasional cutaway to mission control.
 
2012-10-14 11:56:51 AM  

way south: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: bobbette: OtherBrotherDarryl: Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?

Probably, although he's giving different readings than on the screen. I suspect it is mostly for our benefit because otherwise there would be no drama.

I'm sure they want to double check and make sure the telemetry data is accurate.

I wonder if they also do it to keep Felix busy.

My biggest fear would be his suit failing on the way up, and he starts acting loopy from the onset of Hypoxia.
If they keep him busy and talking, they might be able to spot the effects early even if sensors don't show it.


Good point.
 
2012-10-14 11:56:57 AM  
Over Macho Grande?
 
2012-10-14 11:57:13 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Um....he has already launched....he sort of doesn't have an option at this point.

What happens if something goes awry?
Does he jump anyway or is the capsule equipped with recovery gear like chutes and etc. that can bring him down again?


The capsule has a chute of it's own. at this point, he can safely bail from any altitude.
 
2012-10-14 11:57:32 AM  
Ahh..privatized space "explorations". Less for science and more for advertisements. Pretty soon rocket ships will looks like nascars.
 
2012-10-14 11:57:48 AM  

Gosling: Tracking his latitude/longitude, he's a good way down county road 256, heading toward Dexter.


He'll land in Omaha.
 
2012-10-14 11:58:39 AM  
Also, their temperature conversions aren't exactly accurate. I saw a Fahrenheit temp below -40 but a Celsius temp above -40
/nerd
 
2012-10-14 11:58:58 AM  
Interesting, same day in history when Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X1. This guy don't need no steenking plane.
 
2012-10-14 11:59:09 AM  

way south: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: bobbette: OtherBrotherDarryl: Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?

Probably, although he's giving different readings than on the screen. I suspect it is mostly for our benefit because otherwise there would be no drama.

I'm sure they want to double check and make sure the telemetry data is accurate.

I wonder if they also do it to keep Felix busy.

My biggest fear would be his suit failing on the way up, and he starts acting loopy from the onset of Hypoxia.
If they keep him busy and talking, they might be able to spot the effects early even if sensors don't show it.


Yeah, someone else mentioned that angle, that's probably more accurate, make sure the jumper is still actively participating.
 
2012-10-14 11:59:10 AM  
...no, sorry, heading east. Once he leaves the irrigation-circle areas, there's nothing but desert brush heading east.
 
2012-10-14 12:00:30 PM  

Kryler: Over Macho Grande?


Hope he had the lasagna.
 
2012-10-14 12:00:32 PM  

bmihura: http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/ has been showing me a video of eight white dots circling in the center of a black screen for the last 10 minutes, even after a few browser refreshes.

I am not impressed with their "live" video.


Mine just says "Please stand by- starting soon" although the telemetry is up.
 
2012-10-14 12:01:19 PM  

rocketpants: Redbull site doesn't work for me.

Here's the direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=MrIxH6DToXQ


Thanks for the link.=)
 
2012-10-14 12:01:48 PM  

EatenTheSun: How the hell are strong winds at 40k feet not a problem, but 2 mph winds call off the launch?


At launch, the pod was held by a crane until the balloon was at altitude. The crane had to drive to keep the pod centered under the balloon. Had there been a breeze, it would have pulled the balloon and could have damaged either the balloon or tether before the capsule was released. This is actually the back up balloon, the first one they tried was already damaged.
 
2012-10-14 12:01:53 PM  
Oh, well, in the jet stream now, so he's well into the brush.
 
2012-10-14 12:02:06 PM  

Luminaro: Ahh..privatized space "explorations". Less for science and more for advertisements. Pretty soon rocket ships will looks like nascars.


I hope I'm alive for the day a Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell lands on Mars
 
2012-10-14 12:02:38 PM  
So, just how is it that he's exceeding 120 mph?

I mean, obviously, his massive steel testicles give him at least some aerodynamic advantage, but still...
 
2012-10-14 12:03:44 PM  

Marine1: So, just how is it that he's exceeding 120 mph?

I mean, obviously, his massive steel testicles give him at least some aerodynamic advantage, but still...


Jet stream. He's at 40K feet.
 
2012-10-14 12:03:47 PM  
 
2012-10-14 12:04:31 PM  

Marine1: I mean, obviously, his massive steel testicles give him at least some aerodynamic advantage, but still...


The would almost certainly be titanium, not steel.
 
2012-10-14 12:05:44 PM  
baby it is cold out there.
 
2012-10-14 12:05:51 PM  
At what height is he jumping?
 
2012-10-14 12:06:12 PM  

Gosling: Tracking his latitude/longitude, he's a good way down county road 256, heading toward Dexter.


Let us know when he's over Macho Grande.
 
2012-10-14 12:06:20 PM  

Roook: At what height is he jumping?


120.000 ft.
 
2012-10-14 12:06:29 PM  
Yep, the Warrior and I have been watching this online and on tv (Discovery and Velocity channels are showing it) since one hour until launch.

No one believes that I read about this in a Star Trek novel! Now I'm going to have to go to my local branch of the library and find the Star Trek novel that I read years ago that had Kirk and some other character doing skydiving that originated from a platform up in space.
 
2012-10-14 12:07:38 PM  
Next town due east now actually looks to be Tatum, though I don't know if he'll get that far before he hits altitude.
 
2012-10-14 12:07:54 PM  

Marine1: So, just how is it that he's exceeding 120 mph?

I mean, obviously, his massive steel testicles give him at least some aerodynamic advantage, but still...


Terminal velocity increase with any reduction in air density.. And the air where he's going is really bloody thin. If he jumps out around 115k, he should exceed the speed of sound somewhere around 100k, then begin to slow as the air density increases. By the time he's down to like 5-6k, he won't be going any faster than any other skydiver.
 
2012-10-14 12:07:59 PM  

trekkiecougar: Yep, the Warrior and I have been watching this online and on tv (Discovery and Velocity channels are showing it) since one hour until launch.

No one believes that I read about this in a Star Trek novel! Now I'm going to have to go to my local branch of the library and find the Star Trek novel that I read years ago that had Kirk and some other character doing skydiving that originated from a platform up in space.


Wasn't it a deleted scene from Star Trek V?
 
2012-10-14 12:08:29 PM  

drewogatory: bmihura: http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/ has been showing me a video of eight white dots circling in the center of a black screen for the last 10 minutes, even after a few browser refreshes.

I am not impressed with their "live" video.

Mine just says "Please stand by- starting soon" although the telemetry is up.


I also have the telemetry, or possibly an animated gif that looks like telemetry. But numbers are counting up and down, yay!
 
2012-10-14 12:08:40 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Roook: At what height is he jumping?

120.000 ft.


Somewhere between 120 & 130, they aren't sure exactly what altitude the balloon will stop.
 
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