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2012-10-14 12:22:38 PM  

MithrandirBooga: I keep getting errors on the youtube feed. Anyone else?


Discovery Channel is working fine.
 
2012-10-14 12:22:52 PM  
Whats the RED button outside the door ?

Ejector seat ?
 
2012-10-14 12:23:03 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.


There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.
 
2012-10-14 12:23:14 PM  
Where he gonna land?
 
2012-10-14 12:23:31 PM  

Gosling: Also: Felix is now about halfway to Texas.


If he comes down in Nogales, he's screwed.
 
2012-10-14 12:24:00 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: MithrandirBooga: I keep getting errors on the youtube feed. Anyone else?

Discovery Channel is working fine.


Meh. Don't have cable.
 
2012-10-14 12:24:19 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.

There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.


And that's why I don't like mixing conventions in a single delay. It creates unnecessary confusion.

Also, "miles" would be abbreviated 'mi'.
 
2012-10-14 12:24:31 PM  
Why didn't Taco Bell do a tie in promotion and put a bullseye out like they did for Mir?
 
2012-10-14 12:24:55 PM  

IsNoGood: Whats the RED button outside the door ?

Ejector seat ?


Dispenses a can of Redbull
 
2012-10-14 12:25:08 PM  
So, what happens to the capsule after he jumps? Is it parachuted, or does it just free-fall onto somebody's house?
 
2012-10-14 12:25:42 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.

There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.


The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:14 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-14 12:26:20 PM  
I like how they're calling this stunt a "mission".
 
2012-10-14 12:26:21 PM  
The tropopause is really farking high!!
 
2012-10-14 12:26:32 PM  

luckybastard: IsNoGood: Sure they keep him bizzy, surely all is by auto and they dont need him to regulate O2 in the dame thing,

And with Joe Kittinger also writing down the numbers, I bet they wanted to keep him busy, too..


A little of each maybe?

Computers and automation add weight and expense. The man in the capsule needs to be kept busy and you still want a backup read of any onboard instruments conveyed to the ground.
The "solution" is to go slightly old school and keep a few manual knobs and gauges around to tweak.
You save some weight and some cost, then you gain redundancy and reliability while keeping just the right level of busy work.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:48 PM  
Somewhere a coyote just got squished by 60 pounds of ballast.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:52 PM  

wxboy: So, what happens to the capsule after he jumps? Is it parachuted, or does it just free-fall onto somebody's house?


Given the map I'm looking at, if it actually comes down on any piece of human civilization, it's actually kind of impressive.
 
2012-10-14 12:26:52 PM  
Yea, verily, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for I am Mach 5 at 60,000 feet, and climbing.


SR71 Pilot Creed.

also seems fitting.
 
2012-10-14 12:27:07 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.

There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.

The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.


From the Red Bull telemetry:
57358 ft 17483 m

No commas or periods on their display.
 
2012-10-14 12:27:20 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.

There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.

The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.


58,000 ft is NOT nearly 18 miles. It's less than 11.
 
2012-10-14 12:27:44 PM  
Works in IE. Must be a Firefox thing.
 
2012-10-14 12:27:58 PM  

My_Other_Handle_Is_Taken: IsNoGood: Whats the RED button outside the door ?

Ejector seat ?

Dispenses a can of Redbull


The ejector seat/abort button also dispenses a can of Red Bull.
 
2012-10-14 12:28:05 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Yea, verily, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for I am Mach 5 at 60,000 feet, and climbing.

SR71 Pilot Creed.

also seems fitting.


Skunk Works, ftw. The Blackbirds were apex technology for the human race.
 
2012-10-14 12:28:42 PM  

poonesfarm: I like how they're calling this stunt a "mission".


NASA will pay millions for the telemetry alone. What they learn here could have all kinds of downstream tech. Don't be an idiot. This isn't Evil Kneivel in a phony jet motorcycle jumping (not) a ditch.
 
2012-10-14 12:29:24 PM  

wxboy: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: I just turned on the Discovery Channel feed. Took me a moment to realize what the display was showing:
46,112 ft 14.094 m

I get that Europe likes putting decimals in for commas in big numbers, but don't mix notation in a single display. Bugs the hell out of me.

That's 14 point zero nine four miles high.

No, it's meters.

Thanks!
I had no idea there were 3,277 feet per meter.

There certainly aren't that many feet per mile.

They're using the European convention, the decimal is where we would normally put a comma.

The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.

58,000 ft is NOT nearly 18 miles. It's less than 11.


Well, it's pretty obvious he's NOT 18.5 meters high.
 
2012-10-14 12:29:35 PM  
Ruh roh. He said he's not feeling heat in the capsule.
 
2012-10-14 12:29:37 PM  
HotIgneous Intruder:The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.

There are 5,280 feet in a mile, dummy. m = meters. mi = miles.
 
2012-10-14 12:30:13 PM  
Good luck skyman. Safe landing.
 
2012-10-14 12:30:32 PM  
Uh oh.
 
2012-10-14 12:30:35 PM  
No heat?
 
2012-10-14 12:30:38 PM  
Why is the balloon climbing slower since they dropped the ballast?
 
2012-10-14 12:30:50 PM  
Uh oh, heater stop working?
 
2012-10-14 12:30:58 PM  
Taliban are watching this.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:09 PM  
The heat guy's gonna get fired.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:14 PM  
No heat in the suit is going to be a real problem.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:15 PM  
So if he has to abort because of heat, does he just jump from the current height?
 
2012-10-14 12:31:22 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: poonesfarm: I like how they're calling this stunt a "mission".

This isn't Evil Kneivel in a phony jet motorcycle jumping (not) a ditch.


Now that would be impressive.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:30 PM  
No sound on Discovery channel?  Oh, it came back.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:43 PM  

Gosling: Ruh roh. He said he's not feeling heat in the capsule.


He from Austria, they have a summer of 13 deg, so he be fine
 
2012-10-14 12:31:52 PM  

Gosling: Ruh roh. He said he's not feeling heat in the capsule.


That's because it's 100 below zero outside.
 
2012-10-14 12:31:59 PM  

poonesfarm: I like how they're calling this stunt a "mission".


If it works, the astronauts will have a high altitude escape option. I'm good with this being called a mission.
 
2012-10-14 12:32:01 PM  
And it seems as if they just cut the voice transmission for us to listen too. Not good I suppose
 
2012-10-14 12:32:13 PM  
All went quiet
 
2012-10-14 12:32:23 PM  
I#m not seeing any dreamy mission-control-gals, or guys.
 
2012-10-14 12:32:35 PM  

wxboy: So, what happens to the capsule after he jumps? Is it parachuted, or does it just free-fall onto somebody's house?


It has its own chute for recovery.
 
2012-10-14 12:32:40 PM  

BalugaJoe: Taliban are watching this.


I bet they're pissed. I would be... having to shiat in the can of beans I just ate out of somewhere in the Hindu Kush mountains and some dude in the US is about to do this.
 
2012-10-14 12:33:01 PM  

costermonger: HotIgneous Intruder:The figures represent feet and miles in altitude above sea level.
Stop. Think. Act.

There are 5,280 feet in a mile, dummy. m = meters. mi = miles.


It's supposed to read km, not m.
And don't call me a dummy, dummy.
 
2012-10-14 12:33:30 PM  
shiat.

Well, I sure hope they get him down safely at any sign of problems.
 
2012-10-14 12:33:35 PM  
always a good sign when they cut the comm feed.
 
2012-10-14 12:33:50 PM  
I find it amazing we're still getting good images from below.
 
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