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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 02:30:56 PM  

me texan: Did anyone get a GPS location on where he landed?


Bumfark, New Mexico. In a sheep pasture.
 
2012-10-14 02:31:14 PM  
Did anyone else notice the fireball around Felix on the IR camera shots? That's what I want to see from his onboard cameras.
 
2012-10-14 02:31:30 PM  
That was intense and insane. I can't believe I watched every minute of a balloon, and was so entranced. Hell yeah, Felix.

(This was the best first greenlight ever.)
 
2012-10-14 02:31:50 PM  

hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?
/Guy is crazy
//Good luck, we're all counting on you


Red Bull sponsors a bunch of things that push the boundaries. They also sponsor even more things that don't push the boundaries, but Red Bull does everything they can to make it seem EXTREEEMEEEE!!!!
 
2012-10-14 02:32:39 PM  

me texan: Tellingthem: Possible but I would doubt it. I think it just worked out that way.

Personally, I like that way better. I'm glad they both hold records. It just shows how daring we used to be. Too bad we dont have that kind of cajones anymore.. we'd be closer to sending someone to mars.


We do have the balls but not the will to spend the money needed to do it.
 
2012-10-14 02:32:41 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Link


Aaaaaaaaah!
 
2012-10-14 02:33:43 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Link


"Fark this. I'm going for a walk."
 
2012-10-14 02:34:49 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: Damn, I can't wait till his helmet cam footage becomes available!


We'll have to wait until the government edits out all the UFO's that flew by him.
 
2012-10-14 02:34:49 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Red Bull sponsors a bunch of things that push the boundaries.


Red Bull's thing is to sponsor the usual stuff, but also sponsor a lot of unusual stuff just because, hey dude or dudette doing something cool.
 
2012-10-14 02:35:26 PM  

me texan: Did anyone get a GPS location on where he landed?


Out near Bottomless lakes from the looks of it.
 
2012-10-14 02:36:09 PM  
He even landed on his feet. Today, the Hall of Super-Awesome People gets a new member.
 
2012-10-14 02:36:57 PM  
I loved as he was going down Kittinger going "I couldn't do it better myself"
 
2012-10-14 02:37:30 PM  
So can we get a quick recap on the records broken and those still intact?
 
2012-10-14 02:37:38 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Link


SO Awseome! Thanks for posting that.
 
2012-10-14 02:38:12 PM  

me texan: Tellingthem: Possible but I would doubt it. I think it just worked out that way.

Personally, I like that way better. I'm glad they both hold records. It just shows how daring we used to be. Too bad we dont have that kind of cajones anymore.. we'd be closer to sending someone to mars.


To bad we don't have a way of using the spent fuel rods as ion decay drive to get us there.
/something thats is floating around my fron.
 
2012-10-14 02:38:38 PM  

trekkiecougar: Dallymo: goodole312: 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.

that was the cut opening from one of the movies wasn't it? i wana say generations

Star Trek (2009) had them diving to the drilling platform on Vulcan. 


I totally forgot about it being in (or being sliced from) one of the movies, thanks for reminding me. I'm still going to hit the library, I believe the space diving incident was in a novel involving some of the OS crew.


It was Generations. It was the set up scene for when they went to the Enterprise-B, Kirk landed just to have Chekov & Scotty remind him about the commissioning and Kirk refusing to go.

Here.
 
2012-10-14 02:39:09 PM  

Need Help Soonish: me texan: Did anyone get a GPS location on where he landed?

Out near Bottomless lakes from the looks of it.


He totally should have aimed for the bottomless lake. Chuteless.
 
2012-10-14 02:39:19 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: me texan: Did anyone get a GPS location on where he landed?

Bumfark, New Mexico. In a sheep pasture.


Actually, he landed near a state park, and bird reserve.
 
2012-10-14 02:40:31 PM  
He said "Sometimes it takes getting really high to realize just how small you are." "I'm coming home"
 
2012-10-14 02:41:18 PM  
I want 50 supermodels, all of whom need to be fertile, lined up outside that man's hotel room, NOW.

Time to spread some good genes and add some much-needed depth to the gene pool.
 
2012-10-14 02:41:21 PM  

fustanella: Need Help Soonish: me texan: Did anyone get a GPS location on where he landed?

Out near Bottomless lakes from the looks of it.

He totally should have aimed for the bottomless lake. Chuteless.


O.o
 
2012-10-14 02:45:16 PM  
Can someone edit this gif to say something like "Screw this thread, I'm outta here" or something funnier but in the same light?

http://twitpic.com/b46xni
 
2012-10-14 02:45:50 PM  
GPS location of the landing, anyone?
 
2012-10-14 02:46:16 PM  

marius2: Can someone edit this gif to say something like "Screw this thread, I'm outta here" or something funnier but in the same light?

http://twitpic.com/b46xni


"LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"


"JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNKINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS"
 
2012-10-14 02:47:45 PM  
any idea when the press conference will start? or did i miss it?
 
2012-10-14 02:48:13 PM  

Need Help Soonish: Out near Bottomless lakes from the looks of it.


Thats what I was thinking too - thats really close to where I guessed for the "closest to the landing" contest they were having on their page.
 
2012-10-14 02:49:40 PM  

chairmenmeow47: any idea when the press conference will start? or did i miss it?


hasn't started yet, and not sure when it'll be, the stream just says it should begin shortly
 
2012-10-14 02:50:15 PM  
Hasn't started yet.
 
2012-10-14 02:51:34 PM  

me texan: Need Help Soonish: Out near Bottomless lakes from the looks of it.

Thats what I was thinking too - thats really close to where I guessed for the "closest to the landing" contest they were having on their page.


Trust me, that's where he landed ;)

In the video, you could see the three lakes spin by... I would say he landed no more the four miles from them.
 
2012-10-14 02:55:38 PM  
He jumped right over these land features, facing west.
33 degrees 17'28.88 N
103 degrees 53'16.52 W

Close as I could get, based on the pic of him exiting the capsule.
No idea of drift and etc.
2:09 p.m. picture here.
 
2012-10-14 02:58:51 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: He jumped right over these land features, facing west.
33 degrees 17'28.88 N
103 degrees 53'16.52 W

Close as I could get, based on the pic of him exiting the capsule.
No idea of drift and etc.
2:09 p.m. picture here.


Thoes three white spots? Bottomless lakes ;)
 
2012-10-14 03:00:19 PM  

Need Help Soonish: HotIgneous Intruder: He jumped right over these land features, facing west.
33 degrees 17'28.88 N
103 degrees 53'16.52 W

Close as I could get, based on the pic of him exiting the capsule.
No idea of drift and etc.
2:09 p.m. picture here.

Those three white spots? Near Bottomless lakes ;)


Freaking new Add comment button!!!!
 
2012-10-14 03:02:02 PM  
Ohh I wish SO much I coulda recorded this. My only regret, and all in all a rather trivial one at the moment.
 
2012-10-14 03:02:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-14 03:03:40 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Link


Thanks!
 
2012-10-14 03:09:11 PM  

Kittypie070: Ohh I wish SO much I coulda recorded this. My only regret, and all in all a rather trivial one at the moment.


I'm sure you'll be able to get the DVD in a few months.
 
2012-10-14 03:17:17 PM  

BalugaJoe: He crazy dood.


Go to Dayton, OH and visit the Air Force Museum at WPAFB. There you will find the Excelsior capsule. It's made of thin sheet metal and tubing by what amounted to a couple of guys in a garage. Get in it and stand at the threshold and look down at the couple of feet off the floor that it is. Then Check out the MANHIGH capsule. Not too much of an improvement.
Not to diminish what this guy has done, Kittenger has supported them all they way (nice to see him smiling there) and it is a hella feat, but this was a comparative luxury.

upload.wikimedia.org
Looks like you can't stand in it any more

brabbu.com

still farking awesome, but he's not the first person to break the sound barrier during free fall, just the first one to be recorded trying to do so. Still farking awesome.
 
2012-10-14 03:18:28 PM  

Electromax: Today was a big win for science.


How so? Serious question, i mean it was awesome and all, but what scientific ground was really broken?
 
2012-10-14 03:20:37 PM  

Tellingthem: Wanebo: Tellingthem: that was pretty cool...and I'm glad that he got a few records but that kittinger still has a couple of his still.

Gentleman's agreement?

Possible but I would doubt it. I think it just worked out that way.


No. Kittenger wanted his records broken. That big fat guy they kept showing smiling at Mission control? Yeah, that's Kittenger.

Still farking awesome.
 
2012-10-14 03:22:48 PM  

Cyno01: Electromax: Today was a big win for science.

How so? Serious question, i mean it was awesome and all, but what scientific ground was really broken?


The chief medical officer is in charge of astronaut safety, etc. He's using this to study effective escape methods and so on - it's all on the website.
 
2012-10-14 03:24:37 PM  

cretinbob: Go to Dayton, OH and visit the Air Force Museum at WPAFB.


I grew up at that museum and my Uncle, after he retired, used to work there restoring airplanes there.
 
I remember when they moved from the old museum to the current one.
 
2012-10-14 03:25:31 PM  
Additional info from their website...



Like any transportation system, high-altitude flights need safety procedures; but currently, researchers don't know if it's possible to bail out from ultra-high altitudes. What would happen to a human falling to Earth faster than the speed of sound? Would a spacesuit provide sufficient protection? Would GPS equipment function? Could a drogue parachute provide adequate stabilization?

Worldwide, the answers to such questions are vital. Aviators and astronauts look to extend the boundaries of their exploration and - with the opening of facilities like SpacePort America - the day when everyday people can become space tourists is on the horizon. The mission's findings may point the way toward developing escape systems for the space tourists of the future, as well as for the pilots and astronauts who already need suborbital systems today.

SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION FOCUS
Red Bull Stratos aims to provide information that will further the progression of aerospace safety. The key benefits for the science community are as follows:

- To aid development of a new generation of space suits - including enhanced mobility and visual clarity - and other systems to lead toward passenger/crew exit from space.

- To aid development of protocols for exposure to high altitude/high acceleration.

- To aid exploration of the effects on the human body of supersonic acceleration and deceleration, including development of the latest innovations in parachute systems.

POTENTIAL BENCHMARKS

- Reaching supersonic speed in freefall:First person to achieve the speed of sound (Mach 1) in freefall without mechanical assistance. Speed estimated to be about 690 miles per hour at point of breaking sound barrier; acceleration could continue to more than Mach 1.1 (previous record: 614 miles per hour, Mach 0.9).

- Freefall from highest altitude:Expected jump from approximately 120,000 feet (previous record: 102,800 feet).

- Longest freefall time:Expected freefall duration of about 5 minutes, 35 seconds (previous record: 4 minutes, 36 seconds).

- Highest manned balloon flight:Expected float altitude of approximately 120,000 feet (previous record: 113,740 feet).

All figures approximate based on anticipated conditions and projected factors.
 
2012-10-14 03:33:09 PM  
starting to see press conference feed. testing right now.
 
2012-10-14 03:33:28 PM  
They seem to bve getting ready for the conference now
 
2012-10-14 03:34:56 PM  
Press conference is starting.
 
2012-10-14 03:34:59 PM  
I like Kittinger's comment: "Couldn't have done it better myself."
 
2012-10-14 03:36:04 PM  
So, did he go supersonic or not?
 
2012-10-14 03:36:06 PM  
Sweet mother...thunder thighs!
 
2012-10-14 03:37:14 PM  
Red Bull alien.  Lol
 
2012-10-14 03:38:34 PM  
Alien and then Standby screen. I told you all we's in a troll stream.
 
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