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2012-10-14 11:33:44 AM  
Finally at a safe altitude to jump if things go pear shaped!
 
2012-10-14 11:34:29 AM  
He crazy dood.
 
2012-10-14 11:35:15 AM  
Soooo exciting.
 
2012-10-14 11:35:50 AM  
Uh, did not mean for that to look sarcastic.
 
2012-10-14 11:35:57 AM  
Watch that first step.
 
2012-10-14 11:36:30 AM  
Checking in on the first page
 
2012-10-14 11:37:26 AM  
Watching it on the Discovery channel...the announcer is really annoying.
 
2012-10-14 11:37:49 AM  
Taliban has balloon.
 
2012-10-14 11:38:02 AM  
Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?
/Guy is crazy
//Good luck, we're all counting on you
 
2012-10-14 11:38:03 AM  

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


Agreed. Also commercials. Blech.
 
2012-10-14 11:38:22 AM  
Burn, baby, burn.
 
2012-10-14 11:38:50 AM  
Is there a picture, or is no script farking with me?
 
2012-10-14 11:38:53 AM  
I hope he didn't eat the fish.
 
2012-10-14 11:39:03 AM  

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

Agreed. Also commercials. Blech.


Live stream from YouTube via wired.
 
2012-10-14 11:39:15 AM  
Redbull site doesn't work for me.

Here's the direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=MrIxH6DToXQ
 
2012-10-14 11:39:35 AM  
Watching this live on Youtube.

I feel like I'm about to watch a man fall to his death. Jesus.
 
2012-10-14 11:40:35 AM  
meh

/yawn
 
2012-10-14 11:40:56 AM  

hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?


Because they were willing to pony up the most cash to help make it happen?
 
2012-10-14 11:41:00 AM  
Love seeing Kittinger so involved.
 
2012-10-14 11:41:40 AM  
Blue skies!
 
2012-10-14 11:41:46 AM  
WOPR is in charge of all telemetry.
 
2012-10-14 11:42:01 AM  
Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?
 
2012-10-14 11:42:16 AM  

incendi: hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?

Because they were willing to pony up the most cash to help make it happen?


Red Bull sponsors all kinds of extreme shiat, although this might be the most dramatic to date.
 
2012-10-14 11:42:21 AM  
They talking about bagels and lox.
 
2012-10-14 11:42:26 AM  
gonna be a while....

LOX 1, LOX 2, bla bla bla....
 
2012-10-14 11:42:30 AM  

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
 
2012-10-14 11:42:39 AM  

hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?


Because NASA's budget is shiat for anything beyond baking-soda volcanoes these days.
 
2012-10-14 11:42:53 AM  

bobbette: Watching this live on Youtube.

I feel like I'm about to watch a man fall to his death. Jesus.


Twenty second time delay. If that happens, they'll cut to Wylie Coyote plunging off a cliff.

/best of luck to this dude, this is a huge deal for future space travelers if it works.
 
2012-10-14 11:43:37 AM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:23 AM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?


I was wondering this too.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:38 AM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: bobbette: Watching this live on Youtube.

I feel like I'm about to watch a man fall to his death. Jesus.

Twenty second time delay. If that happens, they'll cut to Wylie Coyote plunging off a cliff.

/best of luck to this dude, this is a huge deal for future space travelers if it works.


FOX news should have a delay.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:52 AM  
He won't do it. He'll see a spider or something, freak out, and call it off. The guy already proved once this week that he doesn't have the cajones. Mark my words.
 
2012-10-14 11:44:53 AM  
Anyone else seeing white ufos flitting around the upper right corner of the view to the capsule?
 
2012-10-14 11:44:59 AM  

Gosling: hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?

Because NASA's budget is shiat for anything beyond baking-soda volcanoes these days.


That's what I figured. It's only a matter of time before we have "Pepsi Presents: Addition and Subtraction"
 
2012-10-14 11:45:04 AM  
He's going to fall so fassssst he'll ignite his penis.
 
2012-10-14 11:45:09 AM  

Gosling: hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?

Because NASA's budget is shiat for anything beyond baking-soda volcanoes these days.


For once, Americans, this is not about your federal budget. NASA wouldn't pay for a crazy Austrian guy to jump from the edge of space at Mach speed even if they were loaded.
 
2012-10-14 11:46:18 AM  

bobbette: Watching this live on Youtube.

I feel like I'm about to watch a man fall to his death. Jesus.


Yeah, I'm not real sure I want to spend my Sunday morning watching the last couple of hours of some dude's life.
 
2012-10-14 11:46:23 AM  
Watching:

LINKY 

Outside air temp meter is already pegged. Guess the graphics guy failed Physics I
 
2012-10-14 11:46:33 AM  
So this is going to start drifting into the football timeslots by the time he actually is ready to jump.

Whatever. Football's going on all day. Only get to see this once.
 
2012-10-14 11:46:48 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: He won't do it. He'll see a spider or something, freak out, and call it off. The guy already proved once this week that he doesn't have the cajones. Mark my words.


Um....he has already launched....he sort of doesn't have an option at this point.
 
2012-10-14 11:47:02 AM  

rocketpants: OtherBrotherDarryl: Aren't these readings being automatically transmitted?!?

I was wondering this too.


Reading them back is a safety measure to make sure Mister Jumper is conscious and functional and that nothing is going wrong with the systems.
Plus, it gives Joe some camera time. ;-)
 
2012-10-14 11:47:13 AM  
Balls so heavy, how does that balloon still climb?
 
2012-10-14 11:47:51 AM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 11:48:08 AM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 11:48:28 AM  
There's only one way down now.
The only question is altitude.

dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-10-14 11:48:49 AM  
aslancross.files.wordpress.com

sorry. That's all I can think of when I hear stratos now.
 
2012-10-14 11:48:53 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: He won't do it. He'll see a spider or something, freak out, and call it off. The guy already proved once this week that he doesn't have the cajones. Mark my words.


A troll for every thread, and a thread for every troll.
 
2012-10-14 11:49:04 AM  

hershy799: Why the fark is this sponsored by Red Bull?


Because Red Bull gives you wings. And heart palpitations.
 
2012-10-14 11:49:06 AM  

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?
 
2012-10-14 11:49:23 AM  
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 about altitude readings and temperatures" show for this long.
 
2012-10-14 11:49:32 AM  
www.examiner.com

/Unavailable for comment
//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.
 
2012-10-14 12:09:30 PM  

bmihura: 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!


Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?
 
2012-10-14 12:09:53 PM  

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.


This is not Live Streamed.

There is a 20 second delay in case something goes wrong.
 
2012-10-14 12:10:20 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.


I was thinking that as well, it could be to help offset the nerves of jumping from FRICKIN' SPACE, as well as detecting if something is wrong.

But I still think that having something to film must be playing a part in how constant the communication is.
 
2012-10-14 12:11:03 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.


Holy Fark!

I had plans, but I'm doing this today.

At what time do they think he'll hit 120,000 feet?
 
2012-10-14 12:11:19 PM  
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.
 
2012-10-14 12:11:28 PM  

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


I'm guessing the balloon is a bit floppy on the ground and that little wind is enough to threaten it before it gets away from the ground. As they get toward the target altitude it'll spread out taut.
 
2012-10-14 12:11:32 PM  

drewogatory: bmihura: 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!

Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?


I have video on
http://www.redbullstratos.com/live
 
2012-10-14 12:11:37 PM  
Stop showing that shot straight down from the capsule, I'm gonna puke.

Ugh.
 
2012-10-14 12:11:41 PM  

drewogatory: bmihura: 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!

Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?


I'm watching it there now. On Chrome, if that matters.
 
2012-10-14 12:12:05 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.

Holy Fark!

I had plans, but I'm doing this today.

At what time do they think he'll hit 120,000 feet?


About another hour and twenty minutes or so, give or take.
 
2012-10-14 12:12:28 PM  

drewogatory: bmihura: 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!

Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?


I have video on the Redbull site. It's the exact same as the youtube streaming but with the added telemetry on the border.
 
2012-10-14 12:12:47 PM  
Anyone got any Guile gifs on the ready for the Sonic Boom.

/This is crazy to me, in a good way. Think of this and with Mars, humans today can become more powerful than any emperor or leader that had existed until the modern day. We are like Demigods to them. Just think of the people of tomorrow!

//SCIENCE!
 
2012-10-14 12:12:48 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: 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.

This is not Live Streamed.

There is a 20 second delay in case something goes wrong.


Which I actually mentioned up thread. Are you ever NOT a complete tool?
 
2012-10-14 12:12:55 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.


that was the cut opening from one of the movies wasn't it? i wana say generations
 
2012-10-14 12:13:06 PM  

SenorDan: drewogatory: bmihura: 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!

Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?

I have video on the Redbull site. It's the exact same as the youtube streaming but with the added telemetry on the border.


fark me...I have no clue why it isn't working then.
 
2012-10-14 12:13:31 PM  
i11.photobucket.com

I just wanted to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2012-10-14 12:13:31 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Mawson of the Antarctic: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.

Holy Fark!

I had plans, but I'm doing this today.

At what time do they think he'll hit 120,000 feet?

About another hour and twenty minutes or so, give or take.


Thanks!
 
2012-10-14 12:13:35 PM  
Sure they keep him bizzy, surely all is by auto and they dont need him to regulate O2 in the dame thing,
 
2012-10-14 12:14:57 PM  
So if the chute malfunctions will they name the crater after him, like they name craters on the moon?

/hoping it doesn't come to that
 
2012-10-14 12:15:06 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Mawson of the Antarctic: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.

Holy Fark!

I had plans, but I'm doing this today.

At what time do they think he'll hit 120,000 feet?

About another hour and twenty minutes or so, give or take.

Thanks!


No prob. If you're watching the feed, their estimate was two hours from launch, and that timer is showing time elapsed from launch.
 
2012-10-14 12:15:10 PM  
I can't get over that shot of the earth, knowing that he's not even halfway up yet.
 
2012-10-14 12:15:20 PM  
i say, let him crash.

ivy.aholic.us
 
2012-10-14 12:15:23 PM  

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..
 
2012-10-14 12:15:40 PM  

CJHardin: I just wanted to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.


I laughed.
 
2012-10-14 12:15:48 PM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 12:16:49 PM  
This is ground control to Major Tom....
 
2012-10-14 12:16:53 PM  
"Are you venting?"

Which naturally leads to the question: What happens when you fart in a spacesuit?
 
2012-10-14 12:17:03 PM  
Fake.
 
2012-10-14 12:17:56 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.


No, it's meters.
 
2012-10-14 12:18:03 PM  
Heh - "hold on a sec, I screwed up" - I would not want to hear that 15 miles up.
 
2012-10-14 12:18:04 PM  
It'd suck if that dude had to itch his nose.
 
2012-10-14 12:18:19 PM  

drewogatory: SenorDan: drewogatory: bmihura: 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!

Can someone confirm that there should be video on th red bull site?

I have video on the Redbull site. It's the exact same as the youtube streaming but with the added telemetry on the border.

fark me...I have no clue why it isn't working then.


Maybe their servers are somehow bandwidth-limited, since I can play any other video stream just fine. I'm using Chrome.
 
2012-10-14 12:18:46 PM  
52,000'
 
2012-10-14 12:19:01 PM  
Holy fark. It's 91 below zero outside the capsule.
 
2012-10-14 12:19:18 PM  
using chrome, video is fine.
 
2012-10-14 12:19:27 PM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 12:19:44 PM  
Now approaching Lea County.
 
2012-10-14 12:19:56 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..


Right that what I was thinking, what do you do if you have 2h of time... if he was cool he play COD 3 or birds space some and just have a fake guy sit around and
read numbers, and adjust the o2

For for next project I have some data loggers they might use
 
2012-10-14 12:20:05 PM  

bigpeeler: Fake.


-1
 
2012-10-14 12:20:06 PM  

CJHardin: I just wanted to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you.


Awesome!
 
2012-10-14 12:20:33 PM  
I think this guy works for Microsoft, I recognize his voice.
"foreground window..."
 
2012-10-14 12:20:43 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Holy fark. It's 91 below zero outside the capsule.


Temp should start to go back up soon.
 
2012-10-14 12:21:05 PM  
Sweet shrinking willie I wouldn't want to open the hatch on that pod with how cold it's getting.
 
2012-10-14 12:21:10 PM  
I keep getting errors on the youtube feed. Anyone else?
 
2012-10-14 12:21:13 PM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 12:21:47 PM  
I love the looks on Kittingers face. Does he know there's a camera on him?
 
2012-10-14 12:21:50 PM  

bigpeeler: Fake.


Simpsons did it!
 
2012-10-14 12:22:22 PM  
I bet he farts.
 
2012-10-14 12:22:34 PM  
Also: Felix is now about halfway to Texas.
 
2012-10-14 12:22:35 PM  
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


seems appropriate.
 
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.
 
2012-10-14 12:33:56 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.


Okay, but if it doesn't work let's agree to call it a (failed, tragic) stunt.
 
2012-10-14 12:34:23 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.


The Smithsonian Air & Space will want it, I'd guess.
 
2012-10-14 12:34:25 PM  

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.
 
2012-10-14 12:34:32 PM  

Marine1: 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.


He's Austrian...
 
2012-10-14 12:34:37 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-14 12:34:54 PM  

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


not to mention didn't one of the heirs ran over a cop?
 
2012-10-14 12:35:15 PM  
Heat in the cabin is falling, wonder if he can bail out early
 
2012-10-14 12:35:33 PM  
Well, no one seems panicked, so the suit heat problem apparently isn't a big deal after all.
 
2012-10-14 12:35:39 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

seems appropriate.


God's face is farking cold.
 
2012-10-14 12:35:39 PM  

bobbette: Marine1: 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.

He's Austrian...


That's not the part some bunghole in the Taliban is going to read.
 
2012-10-14 12:35:44 PM  

Tim Tebow: [imageshack.us image 850x371]


This is awesome.
 
2012-10-14 12:35:49 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder:
It's supposed to read km, not m.
And don't call me a dummy, dummy.


Nah that's the European way to write it. 19.669 would be written as 19,669 here, while 64.5 would be written there as 64,5.
 
2012-10-14 12:35:54 PM  

poonesfarm: NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: 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.

Okay, but if it doesn't work let's agree to call it a (failed, tragic) stunt.


This is proven technology. Been used for decades.
 
2012-10-14 12:36:17 PM  
Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.
 
2012-10-14 12:36:18 PM  

drewogatory: Works in IE. Must be a Firefox thing.


Weird, I've been watching it in FF the whole time. At least it's working for you now.
 
2012-10-14 12:36:23 PM  
65k
 
2012-10-14 12:36:58 PM  

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

not to mention didn't one of the heirs ran over a cop?


Well run over is if just bump, and so on this was 150meteres of run over then run away
 
2012-10-14 12:37:34 PM  

naughtyrev: Tim Tebow: [imageshack.us image 850x371]

This is awesome.


Thanks - mission control dude really reminds me of Milton.
 
2012-10-14 12:37:58 PM  

sure haven't: Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.


Only half way up jump once over 120k feet.
 
2012-10-14 12:38:16 PM  

Marine1: bobbette: Marine1: 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.

He's Austrian...

That's not the part some bunghole in the Taliban is going to read.


Tell me more about the Taliban's extensive western media diet and their responses to major balloon events. You seem to have expertise in this subject. How did they react to Balloon Boy?
 
2012-10-14 12:38:21 PM  

sure haven't: Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.


Ugh nevermind, just realized hes going up way more than I thought.
 
2012-10-14 12:38:34 PM  
It's pretty crazy.
The air is so thin up there that he hasn't got any typical skydiver methodologies for attitude control until he gets into denser air lower down. If he starts spinning the g-forces could kill him. Joe had some trouble with that, too.
 
2012-10-14 12:38:35 PM  
So when he gets to jumping height, how long is the jump down? Thats got to be a hell of a ride
 
2012-10-14 12:38:54 PM  
67 k now.

How long will it take until 120k? another hour?
 
2012-10-14 12:38:59 PM  
Ok, I watched it just fine for about an hour on Firefox and then started getting this "an error occurred please try again later" crap.

Tried Safari, Internet Explorer and Chrome and they all fail.

I'm still getting telemetry but no video.

Any ideas?

27+ MB connection here
 
2012-10-14 12:39:23 PM  

RealPDX: sure haven't: Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.

Only half way up jump once over 120k feet.


Ah cool, thanks.
Wish I could DVR YouTube...
 
2012-10-14 12:40:00 PM  

bobbette: How did they react to Balloon Boy?


They tried to replicate the technology and it led to a series of tragic, yet hilarious, goat deaths.
 
2012-10-14 12:40:44 PM  
I am slightly disappointed that the capsule does not appear to have "this is the longerest step" on it anywhere
 
2012-10-14 12:41:11 PM  

Spanky3woods: Ok, I watched it just fine for about an hour on Firefox and then started getting this "an error occurred please try again later" crap.

Tried Safari, Internet Explorer and Chrome and they all fail.

I'm still getting telemetry but no video.

Any ideas?

27+ MB connection here


Happened to me, too. You can try streaming discovery channel. There are... ways.
 
2012-10-14 12:41:36 PM  
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM
 
2012-10-14 12:42:03 PM  

Homer Elmer: So when he gets to jumping height, how long is the jump down? Thats got to be a hell of a ride


About 5 minutes freefall.
 
2012-10-14 12:42:32 PM  

kendejo42: .
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM


Still streaming for me.
 
2012-10-14 12:42:39 PM  

Homer Elmer: So when he gets to jumping height, how long is the jump down? Thats got to be a hell of a ride


He'll be going supersonic.
The wiki on Joe's jump: "On August 16, 1960, he made the final jump, from the Excelsior III, at 102,800 feet (31,300 m).[2] Towing a small drogue parachute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h)[4][5] before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m)."
 
2012-10-14 12:42:42 PM  
Still getting youtube stream off the redbull site here.
 
2012-10-14 12:42:53 PM  
Questions that I might have missed the answer to:
If he blacks out during the fall, is there a way to deploy his chute? Or would he be screwed at that point?
 
2012-10-14 12:43:26 PM  

naughtyrev: bobbette: How did they react to Balloon Boy?

They tried to replicate the technology and it led to a series of tragic, yet hilarious, goat deaths.


Is it bad that all I can think about now is "Just how many goat bladders would it take to do this?"
 
2012-10-14 12:43:32 PM  

NeoCortex42: Questions that I might have missed the answer to:
If he blacks out during the fall, is there a way to deploy his chute? Or would he be screwed at that point?


Chute will auto deploy if he blacks out
 
2012-10-14 12:43:32 PM  
My feed in Firefox is starting to get really "choppy". Probably just going to watch it on TV since that is the laziest solution.
 
2012-10-14 12:43:49 PM  

sure haven't: RealPDX: sure haven't: Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.

Only half way up jump once over 120k feet.

Ah cool, thanks.
Wish I could DVR YouTube...


I'm sure someone will be selling the video before the day is out.
 
2012-10-14 12:43:59 PM  
I wish they would indicate if the suit heat has been sorted. The capsule temperature has been sitting steady around 53-54F but I have no idea what that means for his suit, since once he jumps he'll be exposed to -100F
 
2012-10-14 12:44:16 PM  
70,000 feet now. Almost to the height of one of his practice jumps.
 
2012-10-14 12:44:24 PM  

Ahhh_Ennui: kendejo42: .
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM

Still streaming for me.


No sound. Probably still troubleshooting the heating issue.Discovery just showed about a a minute of footage from the ground (?) then cut back to commercial. :( Little worried here.
 
2012-10-14 12:44:37 PM  
Just dropped below 1.00 psi outside the capsule. Some mighty thin air up there. Zoinks!
 
2012-10-14 12:45:26 PM  

sure haven't: RealPDX: sure haven't: Does anyone know what the delay is right now?

Wife and I are heading out to the mall, but are waiting for him to jump heh.

Only half way up jump once over 120k feet.

Ah cool, thanks.
Wish I could DVR YouTube...


Should be on the Discovery Channel, I think.
 
2012-10-14 12:45:54 PM  

Ahhh_Ennui: Ahhh_Ennui: kendejo42: .
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM

Still streaming for me.

No sound. Probably still troubleshooting the heating issue.Discovery just showed about a a minute of footage from the ground (?) then cut back to commercial. :( Little worried here.


It's back live.
 
2012-10-14 12:45:55 PM  

Swoop1809: I wish they would indicate if the suit heat has been sorted. The capsule temperature has been sitting steady around 53-54F but I have no idea what that means for his suit, since once he jumps he'll be exposed to -100F


His exposure won't last very long. If the cap stays relatively warm, might be able to get him high enough.
Risky business.
 
2012-10-14 12:46:23 PM  
So when he lands, are we going to find out it was David Blaine the whole time?
 
2012-10-14 12:46:49 PM  
He didn't lose cabin heat. He lost the heat that was supposed to be coming to his chest protector. The cabin temperature is holding pretty steady at just above 50 degrees F. I'm curious what they are doing to try to solve the problem since they have cut us out of the audio feed from mission control and haven't shown video from inside in quite a while.
 
2012-10-14 12:47:04 PM  
.
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Now they tweet that the live feed is out
 
2012-10-14 12:47:10 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Ahhh_Ennui: Ahhh_Ennui: kendejo42: .
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM

Still streaming for me.

No sound. Probably still troubleshooting the heating issue.Discovery just showed about a a minute of footage from the ground (?) then cut back to commercial. :( Little worried here.

It's back live.


Whew.
 
2012-10-14 12:47:15 PM  
TV is several seconds and almost 1,000 feet ahead of the redbullstratos stream for me.
 
2012-10-14 12:47:34 PM  
Where capsule land?
 
2012-10-14 12:47:47 PM  
The discovery channel feed is about a minute head of the web stream on the Red Bull site.
 
2012-10-14 12:47:47 PM  

Ahhh_Ennui: So when he lands, are we going to find out it was David Blaine the whole time?


Now, to find out how fast the capsule goes round our track.....It's the Stigs high flying cousin, Astro-Stig!
 
2012-10-14 12:48:03 PM  
Images like this are things that move the inner core of my soul, to see the curve of the earth is a privilege only a few have witnessed personally.

/Galileo and all the others raise their middle fingers in a big Fark You to those who silenced them.

i.huffpost.com
 
2012-10-14 12:48:04 PM  
a 3 hour tour.....a 3 hour tour!
 
2012-10-14 12:48:17 PM  
he pulled out his credit card he must be buying something on Amazon.
 
2012-10-14 12:48:27 PM  
I thought I just saw his visor get fogged up with his breath?
 
2012-10-14 12:48:36 PM  

NeoCortex42: Questions that I might have missed the answer to:
If he blacks out during the fall, is there a way to deploy his chute? Or would he be screwed at that point?


CYPRES.
 
2012-10-14 12:48:45 PM  
So where is the balloon going once he's out?
 
2012-10-14 12:49:13 PM  

shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?


The Moon?
 
2012-10-14 12:49:30 PM  
Fun facts about atmospheric characteristics through the climb (from wiki):

upload.wikimedia.org

I wonder where they expect to break the sound barrier: near the beginning (~36-37 km), when air resistance is low (but mach speed is actually higher), or further down (~20 km), when mach speed is at a minimum, but air density begins to creep up..?
 
2012-10-14 12:50:17 PM  

shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?


Down
 
2012-10-14 12:50:34 PM  
I think he is in the Menopause
 
2012-10-14 12:50:42 PM  

Ahhh_Ennui: So when he lands, are we going to find out it was David Blaine the whole time?


Russell Brand.
 
2012-10-14 12:50:50 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: NeoCortex42: Questions that I might have missed the answer to:
If he blacks out during the fall, is there a way to deploy his chute? Or would he be screwed at that point?

CYPRES.


Gotcha. I knew there had to be a backup system. I just wasn't sure how it functioned.
 
2012-10-14 12:51:04 PM  
The live TV stream is about a minute ahead of the YouTube stream (the linked one at least).
 
2012-10-14 12:51:13 PM  
And so the capsule has noted Texas in the distance and run screaming back west.
 
2012-10-14 12:51:39 PM  
That video player sucks, I can't skip ahead.
 
2012-10-14 12:52:02 PM  
I can see the Balloon from my porch.

Pretty cool day to be in Roswell.
 
2012-10-14 12:52:16 PM  
I'm terrified that this is going to go wrong.
 
2012-10-14 12:52:18 PM  

shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?


Going to pop.
Then an AAD will pop the recovery 'chutes once the capsule gets lower.
 
2012-10-14 12:52:29 PM  
http://www.midnightonly.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/heavy-metal-2.j pg
www.midnightonly.com
Godspeed.
 
2012-10-14 12:52:48 PM  
What happens if he heads west?
 
2012-10-14 12:53:32 PM  

Gosling: And so the capsule has noted Texas in the distance and run screaming back west.


I live in NM and once strayed too far east. I won't make that mistake again.
 
2012-10-14 12:53:52 PM  

BalugaJoe: he pulled out his credit card he must be buying something on Amazon.


or pay an earth toll
 
2012-10-14 12:54:01 PM  

Cormee: What happens if he heads west?


He dies of Dysentery.
 
2012-10-14 12:54:15 PM  

expobill: BalugaJoe: he pulled out his credit card he must be buying something on Amazon.

or pay an earth toll


Congestion charge.
 
2012-10-14 12:54:43 PM  

jennyz: I'm terrified that this is going to go wrong.


There's a reason that although people have been able to do this for decades, they have not. Mostly the tech was military and secret and unavailable to idiot civilian daredevils.
It's really not a prudent thing to do. Impressive, but not prudent.
120,000 feet is undiscovered country for skydivers.
 
2012-10-14 12:54:56 PM  

naughtyrev: bobbette: How did they react to Balloon Boy?

They tried to replicate the technology and it led to a series of tragic, yet hilarious, goat deaths.


I am not a Talibanologist, but I hope they were shaking their head over how lenient Richard Heene's sentence was. "We would have totally stoned that guy." "Too bad he wasn't tried in Texas, Rick Perry would have executed him for sure."

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?

The Moon?


It's going to knock out all our GPS satellites later. BAUMGARTNERRR!! It's your fault if I can't find my way to the burger place down the street!
 
2012-10-14 12:55:01 PM  
His breath is still steaming up the inside of his facemask. Apparently the suit heater problem has not been fixed.
 
2012-10-14 12:55:01 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: Images like this are things that move the inner core of my soul, to see the curve of the earth is a privilege only a few have witnessed personally.

/Galileo and all the others raise their middle fingers in a big Fark You to those who silenced them.

[i.huffpost.com image 570x320]


You're seeing "the curve of the earth" because they are using a wide angle lens, LOL. At that altitude you'd barely be able to make out any curvature. So tell your soul to calm down a bit.
 
2012-10-14 12:55:29 PM  

wxboy: Cormee: What happens if he heads west?

He dies of Dysentery.


Oregon Trail FTW!
 
2012-10-14 12:55:39 PM  
I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?
 
2012-10-14 12:55:45 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.


some trekkie you are lol
 
2012-10-14 12:55:51 PM  

Loomy:
I wonder where they expect to break the sound barrier: near the beginning (~36-37 km), when air resistance is low (but mach speed is actually higher), or further down (~20 km), when mach speed is at a minimum, but air density begins to creep up..?


IIRC, Kittinger maxed out around 27km in his jumps, before the increasing density slowed him down.. I'd throw a dart and say he breaks it before passing 30km.
 
2012-10-14 12:56:13 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-14 12:56:25 PM  

Need Help Soonish: I can see the Balloon from my porch.

Pretty cool day to be in Roswell.


OH SH-

Has anyone verified that Baumgartner isn't Putin? Putin speaks German.
 
2012-10-14 12:56:42 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?

Going to pop.
Then an AAD will pop the recovery 'chutes once the capsule gets lower.


Ah, OK. Thanks.
 
2012-10-14 12:57:00 PM  

r1niceboy: Gosling: And so the capsule has noted Texas in the distance and run screaming back west.

I live in NM and once strayed too far east. I won't make that mistake again.


Agh, to live in the "Sane State" in the west... Where we always have to be looking left and right because we are surrounded by tard states...

///Begging your pardon CO, your not so bad :)
 
2012-10-14 12:57:17 PM  
I have to say I am very impressed with the ground cameras that are getting such a great shot of the balloon and capsule. Those things are amazing.
 
2012-10-14 12:57:31 PM  

Foaming: The live TV stream is about a minute ahead of the YouTube stream (the linked one at least).


Yep. Discovery made a deal and their money spoke well for them.e
Now if this "Live" stream were actually live. It's in ealay by just under 2 minutes to my understanding. Just in case something goes horribly wrong the FCC won't fine Red Bull.
 
2012-10-14 12:57:44 PM  

kendejo42: .
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Same here...no video with chrome
I wonder if they cut the feed at NM


idiotflashback.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-14 12:57:45 PM  

SuperSeriousMan: His breath is still steaming up the inside of his facemask. Apparently the suit heater problem has not been fixed.


I'm starting to get really nervous here.
 
2012-10-14 12:57:47 PM  
I'm going to laugh my ass when he jumps and gets caught in the moon's gravitational pull. Didn't even consider that, did you Red Bull?
 
2012-10-14 12:58:05 PM  

Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?


That was a far, far better album than most people gave it credit for.
 
2012-10-14 12:58:10 PM  
What a unique and challenging way to get into Area 51! Good luck crazy man!
 
2012-10-14 12:58:27 PM  
boomdeyadaboomdeyadaboomdeyadaboomdeyada....
 
2012-10-14 12:59:04 PM  

Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?


They need to crank up some Kenny Loggins when he jumps. 

lifeofdad.com
 
2012-10-14 12:59:13 PM  

Bored Horde: shotglasss: So where is the balloon going once he's out?

Down


will Redbull paid anyone if it lands in their backyard or something?
 
2012-10-14 12:59:16 PM  

bigpeeler: I'm going to laugh my ass when he jumps and gets caught in the moon's gravitational pull. Didn't even consider that, did you Red Bull?


Unpowered flight to the Moon? Red bull gives you WINGS man!
 
2012-10-14 12:59:41 PM  

bigpeeler: I'm going to laugh my ass when he jumps and gets caught in the moon's gravitational pull. Didn't even consider that, did you Red Bull?


www.biography.com
All part of the plan! A colony begins with one man...
 
2012-10-14 12:59:55 PM  
Felix, ya dummy. Why not put elevator music in the capsule?
 
2012-10-14 01:00:09 PM  
That spin is making me nauseous just watching it...
 
2012-10-14 01:00:09 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-14 01:00:12 PM  

Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?


99 red balloons, more likely
 
2012-10-14 01:00:28 PM  
he left the weed wacker on.
 
2012-10-14 01:00:51 PM  
Quit showing the straight down shots! We get it!
 
2012-10-14 01:00:52 PM  

Somacandra: Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?

That was a far, far better album than most people gave it credit for.


www.baeblemusic.com
 
2012-10-14 01:01:13 PM  

bigpeeler: I'm going to laugh my ass when he jumps and gets caught in the moon's gravitational pull. Didn't even consider that, did you Red Bull?


Yeah, no. Moons gravity is much, much further away. He's nowhere close at all to the moon's gravity
 
2012-10-14 01:01:20 PM  
We're at spy plane/weather balloon altitude.
 
2012-10-14 01:01:41 PM  

bobbette: Need Help Soonish: I can see the Balloon from my porch.

Pretty cool day to be in Roswell.

OH SH-

Has anyone verified that Baumgartner isn't Putin? Putin speaks German.


Dude, everyone knows that Putin impersonates Dave Mustaine to get into the US unchecked.... Keep up!

///Just a wig away ;)
 
2012-10-14 01:01:45 PM  
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
Sittin' up here watchin' all the lights blink down below
The Earth is turnin', why does it go so slow?
Thinkin' about the girl I left behind
Houston can you hear me or have I lost my mind?
Why me, why me?
 
2012-10-14 01:02:00 PM  
Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.
 
2012-10-14 01:02:45 PM  
disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-10-14 01:03:13 PM  

DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.


Hoping his next leap will be the leap home.
 
2012-10-14 01:03:16 PM  

DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.


Mind. Blown.
 
2012-10-14 01:03:27 PM  
Hmmm his mom is a bit of a milf.
 
2012-10-14 01:04:29 PM  
I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?
 
2012-10-14 01:04:34 PM  
Uh oh, so it's his face mask heater that is farked.

Being able to see is probably pretty key, here...
 
2012-10-14 01:04:42 PM  

StevieKo: Felix, ya dummy. Why not put elevator music in the capsule?

Ha.
LA is a great big freeway. Put a hundred down and buy a car...
 
2012-10-14 01:05:05 PM  
He probably won't say, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"
 
2012-10-14 01:05:15 PM  

DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.


Great - 3 weeks from now this will be a movie on SciFi all because you gave them an idea.
 
2012-10-14 01:05:21 PM  
i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-14 01:05:54 PM  

TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?


Radiation.
 
2012-10-14 01:06:05 PM  

IsNoGood: Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?

99 red balloons, more likely


Major Tom?
 
2012-10-14 01:06:06 PM  

Micanope: He probably won't say, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"


felix: gerommmmmmmino
geromino: meeeeeeeeeee
 
2012-10-14 01:06:07 PM  

Micanope: He probably won't say, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"


more likely

"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU U UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU"
 
2012-10-14 01:06:07 PM  

TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?


It's just the atmosphere, man. It is what it is.
 
2012-10-14 01:06:21 PM  
Past 90,000 feet now.
 
2012-10-14 01:06:55 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-14 01:07:09 PM  

TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?


He got into the stratosphere.
 
2012-10-14 01:07:26 PM  

whither_apophis: IsNoGood: Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?

99 red balloons, more likely

Major Tom?


I was thinking along the lines of "The Noah Plan".
 
2012-10-14 01:08:11 PM  

StevieKo: bigpeeler: I'm going to laugh my ass when he jumps and gets caught in the moon's gravitational pull. Didn't even consider that, did you Red Bull?

Yeah, no. Moons gravity is much, much further away. He's nowhere close at all to the moon's gravity


WHAT?? Why am I even watching then?
 
2012-10-14 01:08:15 PM  

DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.


Sadly his bones didn't time travel with him which is why he looked like an alien.
 
2012-10-14 01:08:21 PM  
I still can't get the Youtube stream to work. I think we can all agree that the only reasonable conclusion here is that the stream was about to expose the fact that this is all being faked on a New Mexico soundstage, whereas the Discovery Channel special effects team is able to work its magic on the video they're putting out. Wheels within wheels, folks.
 
2012-10-14 01:08:30 PM  
This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.
 
2012-10-14 01:09:31 PM  

TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?


The explanation: "That's what happens in the stratosphere."

However, they claim that the higher you go, the closer the distance to the sun and therefore the warmer it gets. I just don't buy this. If that were the case, it would be tee-shirt temperature at orbit levels, right?
 
2012-10-14 01:10:19 PM  

Foaming: DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.

Sadly his bones didn't time travel with him which is why he looked like an alien.


Strange, now I'm craving roasted marrow.
 
2012-10-14 01:10:29 PM  

Scruffinator: This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.


At least this fella doesn't have Dennis Miller accompanying him.
 
2012-10-14 01:10:44 PM  

Scruffinator: This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.

we are lucky Joe Suck has another gig today
 
2012-10-14 01:10:44 PM  

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: I still can't get the Youtube stream to work. I think we can all agree that the only reasonable conclusion here is that the stream was about to expose the fact that this is all being faked on a New Mexico soundstage, whereas the Discovery Channel special effects team is able to work its magic on the video they're putting out. Wheels within wheels, folks.


Streetlight!
 
2012-10-14 01:11:09 PM  

TwistedIvory: However, they claim that the higher you go, the closer the distance to the sun and therefore the warmer it gets. I just don't buy this. If that were the case, it would be tee-shirt temperature at orbit levels, right?


Each individual molecule can get hotter, but there are a whole lot less of them.
 
2012-10-14 01:11:11 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Foaming: DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.

Sadly his bones didn't time travel with him which is why he looked like an alien.

Strange, now I'm craving roasted marrow.


Me too, I love smores!
 
2012-10-14 01:11:16 PM  
i49.tinypic.com

/love me some 60s Spider-Man
 
2012-10-14 01:11:24 PM  

Scruffinator: This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.


Could you imagine if Gus Johnson had the call on this?
 
2012-10-14 01:11:58 PM  
s16.postimage.org
 
2012-10-14 01:12:00 PM  

TwistedIvory: TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?

The explanation: "That's what happens in the stratosphere."

However, they claim that the higher you go, the closer the distance to the sun and therefore the warmer it gets. I just don't buy this. If that were the case, it would be tee-shirt temperature at orbit levels, right?


It's mostly due to the Ozone in the stratosphere, which absorbs UV pretty well.
 
2012-10-14 01:12:02 PM  
The balloon has definitely grown in the reduced pressure. Only about the top third was inflated at the lower altitudes.
 
2012-10-14 01:12:07 PM  
And now we're at about the height of Practice Jump 2.
 
2012-10-14 01:12:24 PM  

TwistedIvory: TwistedIvory: I know I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but why are there such strong temperature fluctuations? The outside temperature fell to around -90, and then climbed to -40. What am I missing?

The explanation: "That's what happens in the stratosphere."

However, they claim that the higher you go, the closer the distance to the sun and therefore the warmer it gets. I just don't buy this. If that were the case, it would be tee-shirt temperature at orbit levels, right?


Different particles live at different elevations.

In the places where the particles absorb a lot of radiation (lots of gas and particulates in the troposphere, uv by ozone in the stratosphere, cosmic rays in the thermosphere), it gets warm. If you are in a layer where things aren't absorbed, it gets cold.
 
2012-10-14 01:12:51 PM  

Cormee: [s16.postimage.org image 684x375]


Sweet!  Well played.
 
2012-10-14 01:13:06 PM  

Foaming: DreadnaughtZeta: Calling it now. He gets stuck in the capsule, falls back in time to wind up in Roswell 1947.

Guess it was a balloon after all.

Sadly his bones didn't time travel with him which is why he looked like an alien.


Doesn't need that complication really.

You try crash landing from 20 miles up and see how human you look at the end of it.
 
2012-10-14 01:13:49 PM  

Foaming: The balloon has definitely grown in the reduced pressure. Only about the top third was inflated at the lower altitudes.


You can see the diffrence from the ground too... It's amazing how clear it looks!
 
2012-10-14 01:13:53 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: Mawson of the Antarctic: Images like this are things that move the inner core of my soul, to see the curve of the earth is a privilege only a few have witnessed personally.

/Galileo and all the others raise their middle fingers in a big Fark You to those who silenced them.

[i.huffpost.com image 570x320]

You're seeing "the curve of the earth" because they are using a wide angle lens


It's like the announcer reading the thread.
 
2012-10-14 01:14:01 PM  
In a way, isn't Felix Baumgartner doing the greatest, "Hold my beer and watch this..." of all time?
 
2012-10-14 01:14:17 PM  

SenorDan: Scruffinator: This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.

Could you imagine if Gus Johnson had the call on this?


Or Chris Berman:

"He's going UP! UP! UP! UP!...

(two hours later)

...UP! UP! And he's out of the capsule!"
 
2012-10-14 01:14:28 PM  
People see lots of things when they get high.
 
2012-10-14 01:14:36 PM  
"... 230 of the world's leading websites on the internet..."

SHOUT OUT
 
2012-10-14 01:14:56 PM  

Need Help Soonish: I can see the Balloon from my porch.

Pretty cool day to be in Roswell.


And no pics posted??
 
2012-10-14 01:15:05 PM  

Evil Mackerel: whither_apophis: IsNoGood: Evil Mackerel: I wonder if he has a Peter Shilling song stuck in his head?

99 red balloons, more likely

Major Tom?

I was thinking along the lines of "The Noah Plan".


or Crash Test Dummies maybe?
 
2012-10-14 01:15:22 PM  
So 102,800 is the magic number to set the record. We're only 4,000 feet from that.
 
2012-10-14 01:15:34 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: In a way, isn't Felix Baumgartner doing the greatest, "Hold my beer and watch this..." of all time?


Yep.
 
2012-10-14 01:15:58 PM  
He is soooooo high right now.
 
2012-10-14 01:16:15 PM  

Foaming: The balloon has definitely grown in the reduced pressure. Only about the top third was inflated at the lower altitudes.


So has the size of Felix's balls.
 
2012-10-14 01:16:17 PM  
100k
 
2012-10-14 01:16:32 PM  
"This is higher than Baumgartner has ever been."

HA
 
2012-10-14 01:16:32 PM  
The camera view of the earth below would make a nice screen saver.
 
2012-10-14 01:17:11 PM  

r1niceboy: Scruffinator: This announcer sucks.

Still better than Joe Buck though.

At least this fella doesn't have Dennis Miller accompanying him.


Fran Tarkanton should be on this.
 
2012-10-14 01:17:44 PM  
Past record was in 1960. *salutes Colonel Joe*
 
2012-10-14 01:17:48 PM  
This is some Tony Stark level shiat here.
 
2012-10-14 01:18:02 PM  
The announcer on Discovery sounds like Norm MacDonald to me. Ugh.
 
2012-10-14 01:18:45 PM  
www.history.com
 
2012-10-14 01:18:48 PM  
And we're now into record territory.
 
2012-10-14 01:18:56 PM  

Micanope: He probably won't say, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"


oh great now I got that damn pig in my head again
 
2012-10-14 01:19:10 PM  
The size of the balls on this guy: Jupiter and made of adamantium.
 
2012-10-14 01:19:16 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-14 01:19:28 PM  

A Shambling Mound: The announcer on Discovery sounds like Norm MacDonald to me. Ugh.


Im bob dole!
 
2012-10-14 01:19:46 PM  
Joe on CAPCOM is all, "yeah, been there."
 
2012-10-14 01:19:48 PM  
What an awesome view.
 
2012-10-14 01:19:52 PM  

expobill: [www.history.com image 620x412]


Wow. Compared to what they got today, that's like jumping out of a balloon with a raincoat and some duct tape on.
 
2012-10-14 01:19:53 PM  

eas81: Need Help Soonish: I can see the Balloon from my porch.

Pretty cool day to be in Roswell.

And no pics posted??


I snapped a few from my porch... Might make it to my facebook at some point :P
 
2012-10-14 01:19:58 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: In a way, isn't Felix Baumgartner doing the greatest, "Hold my beer and watch this..." of all time?


Nah, his beer would be skunky by the time he got back down.
 
2012-10-14 01:20:25 PM  
He looks like he is reading Fark threads.
 
2012-10-14 01:20:45 PM  
Higher now than Kittinger's record altitude.
 
2012-10-14 01:21:18 PM  
I like how you can hear the lady correcting the announcer.
 
2012-10-14 01:21:44 PM  
This is giving me hardcore vertigo.
 
2012-10-14 01:21:54 PM  

BalugaJoe: He looks like he is reading Fark threads.


/waves
 
2012-10-14 01:22:22 PM  
He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.
 
2012-10-14 01:22:31 PM  
wakeupcalifornia.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-14 01:22:34 PM  
How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.
 
2012-10-14 01:23:01 PM  
I wonder if he can see his dad from up there.
 
2012-10-14 01:23:10 PM  
Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?
 
2012-10-14 01:23:23 PM  
Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.
 
2012-10-14 01:23:25 PM  

BalugaJoe: He looks like he is reading Fark threads.


Hard to fap in a suit like that.

/Just sayin..
 
2012-10-14 01:23:31 PM  
It is like a lead balloon.
 
2012-10-14 01:23:50 PM  

Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.


Or drop a chicken and an egg.
 
2012-10-14 01:24:27 PM  

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


Curious about that too. Capsule eject from balloon?
 
2012-10-14 01:24:32 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-14 01:24:37 PM  

Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.


Considering that they just said the last guy's hand swelled up to twice its normal size because of a glove tear....
 
2012-10-14 01:24:55 PM  

SenorDan: Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.


"Looking busy" is a job.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:04 PM  

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


Maybe something good. Maybe something bad.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:07 PM  

Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.


If he hits a guy's shoes, maybe we can get Joe Buck's opinion on the record-setting feat.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:15 PM  

EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.


Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:20 PM  
What a view.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:23 PM  
I picked a bad week to quit drinking Red Bull
 
2012-10-14 01:25:31 PM  

RogermcAllen: Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.

Considering that they just said the last guy's hand swelled up to twice its normal size because of a glove tear....


That would set yet another record.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:31 PM  

fustanella: threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?

Curious about that too. Capsule eject from balloon?


My guess is if the capsule comes down with him trapped inside, that's for rescue crews to pop the door?
 
2012-10-14 01:25:37 PM  
So Red Bull, plus megabucks of hardware and dozens of support staff, gives you wings. *check*
 
2012-10-14 01:25:44 PM  

RogermcAllen: Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.

Considering that they just said the last guy's hand swelled up to twice its normal size because of a glove tear....


Set three records then?
 
2012-10-14 01:25:55 PM  

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


i1207.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-14 01:26:01 PM  
My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me
 
2012-10-14 01:26:26 PM  
"Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....
 
2012-10-14 01:26:35 PM  

A Shambling Mound: The announcer on Discovery sounds like Norm MacDonald to me. Ugh.


Should be Mike Rowe. "102,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico, in the Cornelia Marie..."
 
2012-10-14 01:26:47 PM  

SenorDan: Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.


And that man is playing Galaga -- he thought we wouldn't notice.
 
2012-10-14 01:26:48 PM  

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


5 minutes.

Close.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:13 PM  

Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.


I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:13 PM  

Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.


I'll going out on a limb here and wager they have a helicopter or two on standby for just such an event....
 
2012-10-14 01:27:14 PM  

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


I found the Times London saying 6 minutes, but I'm no physicist or good with maths guy.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:27 PM  
Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....
 
2012-10-14 01:27:29 PM  

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


Don't you mean "jolly" instead of "inviting"?
 
2012-10-14 01:27:34 PM  

StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....


but no Tom Petty!
 
2012-10-14 01:27:36 PM  

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


I, sir, have a bridge to sell you.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:10 PM  

wxboy: Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.

I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.


That too.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:48 PM  
I hate to be the one to say this, but he is so going to die.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:54 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?
 
2012-10-14 01:28:57 PM  

Ahhh_Ennui: Close


Mawson of the Antarctic: I found the Times London saying 6 minutes, but I'm no physicist or good with maths guy.




AAAAAAAAAAND this is why I am not a meteorologist.

Damn math.

*blush*
 
2012-10-14 01:28:59 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Honestly that may be the quickest way to go, he'd die instantly. It's the 4:30 minutes of terror that awaits that.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:05 PM  

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


Kittinger fell for four and a half minutes.

Up past 111K. We're not too far away.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:14 PM  
If he enters Texas airspace they'll shoot him down, right?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:19 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.

I'll going out on a limb here and wager they have a helicopter or two on standby for just such an event....


That'd be harsh. Make it back from The Edge of Space(tm) to a few thousand feet, and get sliced by a chopper.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:30 PM  

whither_apophis: StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....

but no Tom Petty!


Free falling?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:32 PM  

NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?


Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:35 PM  
No shots of his face since they reported heat problems with his suit. It's getting close to the target altitude.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:49 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Hitting the ground would be quick and painless. He'd be dead before his body stopped moving.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:54 PM  

StevieKo: whither_apophis: StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....

but no Tom Petty!

Free falling?


aarrrgghgh!
 
2012-10-14 01:29:54 PM  

wxboy: I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.


Im sure they do... But those crews have to follow roads and such to get to him. We have places in this state that don't even have roads... Hell, we have places in this state that are still only accessible from horseback!
 
2012-10-14 01:30:04 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


It's not like the chute needs to slow him from Mach 1..
 
2012-10-14 01:30:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?


His chute will open at normal sky diver altitude. No jellification by the time he knows he's farked.
 
2012-10-14 01:30:25 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


You don't want to pull that by mistake. I'm inclined to think he's been hypnotised into thinking he's a whale.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:09 PM  
i would like to see a view from rose well NM, even a blip of the balloon
 
2012-10-14 01:31:18 PM  
Finally a facial, with the sun visor down though.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:22 PM  

Foaming: If he enters Texas airspace they'll shoot him down, right?


Here, hold my beer, watch this..........
 
2012-10-14 01:31:24 PM  
I'm a few miles east of Roswell, and there's a couple of helicopters heading in a eastward direction now. I'd assume they're the recovery team.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:44 PM  

naughtyrev: NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?

Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?


As opposed to the thought of pressing a button to off yourself? I would take the jelly option.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:58 PM  

Need Help Soonish: wxboy: I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.

Im sure they do... But those crews have to follow roads and such to get to him. We have places in this state that don't even have roads... Hell, we have places in this state that are still only accessible from horseback!


Google Earth says he's at about one of those places.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:00 PM  
And no matter what we are now watching a record setting event.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:14 PM  
Checklist:

1: "Dear Lord, please don't let me fark up"
 
2012-10-14 01:32:15 PM  

costermonger: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

It's not like the chute needs to slow him from Mach 1..


It doesn't. The thickening air will slow him.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:20 PM  
I wish Red Bull had commissioned Rush for a song.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:36 PM  
Yakketty Sax.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:41 PM  
Record for manned balloon flight broken. *ding*

And these visuals are awesome.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:54 PM  

r1niceboy: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

You don't want to pull that by mistake. I'm inclined to think he's been hypnotised into thinking he's a whale.


Or a bowl of petunias.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:57 PM  

blubaldnuglee: I'm a few miles east of Roswell, and there's a couple of helicopters heading in a eastward direction now. I'd assume they're the recovery team.


Good to know!
 
2012-10-14 01:33:08 PM  
Flight just greenlit. Thanks mods!
 
2012-10-14 01:33:18 PM  

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


Only if he was under canopy for much longer than planned because of some kind of malfunction.
 
2012-10-14 01:33:25 PM  
Fogging doesn't look to be a problem.
 
2012-10-14 01:33:43 PM  

jayessell: Yakketty Sax.


you might get sherpies.
 
2012-10-14 01:33:54 PM  

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


they have automatic chutes and the space aliens will rescue him if that happens
 
2012-10-14 01:33:59 PM  
Set record for highest balloon flight?

http://skepticon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/knapp01.png
 
2012-10-14 01:34:39 PM  
To sum up what the dude in the cockpit is feeling.

i692.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-14 01:34:51 PM  

SenorDan: naughtyrev: NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?

Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?

As opposed to the thought of pressing a button to off yourself? I would take the jelly option.


Not like you'd live long enough to remember...or regret. My vote would be to spend my final seconds giddy with sensation, wondering if I would leave a dent in the ground.
 
2012-10-14 01:34:58 PM  
cache.blippitt.com

/FTFM
 
2012-10-14 01:35:16 PM  
Also, his chute will open whether he's alive or dead under it.
 
2012-10-14 01:35:25 PM  
Please land in a football stadium.
 
2012-10-14 01:35:36 PM  
Outside air pressure is 0.3psi. *gasp*

(cue the Kirk-in-the-pressure-chamber pic)
 
2012-10-14 01:35:43 PM  

Gosling: Need Help Soonish: wxboy: I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.

Im sure they do... But those crews have to follow roads and such to get to him. We have places in this state that don't even have roads... Hell, we have places in this state that are still only accessible from horseback!

Google Earth says he's at about one of those places.


Egh, East of Roswell is not so bad... It's arid, and sparse, but we have plenty of oil roads. Also, if they are using helicopters, he is gonna be juuuust fine.
 
2012-10-14 01:35:54 PM  
How does this guy fit his massive balls into his flight suit? Do they have special warmers for his balls?
 
2012-10-14 01:35:56 PM  

MalumAltor: SenorDan: naughtyrev: NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?

Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?

As opposed to the thought of pressing a button to off yourself? I would take the jelly option.

Not like you'd live long enough to remember...or regret. My vote would be to spend my final seconds giddy with sensation, wondering if I would leave a dent in the ground.


Or try and strike an interesting pose in the off-chance you leave a Looney Tunes like crater.
 
2012-10-14 01:35:58 PM  
Have they spent much time on the fact that today is the 65th anniversy of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier?
 
2012-10-14 01:36:05 PM  

bigpeeler: Please land in a football stadium.


How awesome would that be?
 
2012-10-14 01:36:12 PM  

blubaldnuglee: I'm a few miles east of Roswell, and there's a couple of helicopters heading in a eastward direction now. I'd assume they're the recovery team.


or after a gigantic ape climbing the ufo center
 
2012-10-14 01:36:26 PM  
now playing in the capsule...
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-14 01:36:30 PM  
The ground cams just scary, 30+ KM and still good pics if you stalker your be happy with that
 
2012-10-14 01:36:42 PM  
Yeah, from where he is, he's jumping way out in the middle of nowhere. There's a long cliff to the east of him; he'll be at the bottom of that. It won't really come into play.
 
2012-10-14 01:36:46 PM  
Does he still get the record even if he dies?
 
2012-10-14 01:36:55 PM  

whither_apophis: I wish Red Bull had commissioned Rush for a song.


They'll play the opening theme from "Enterprise".
 
2012-10-14 01:37:10 PM  
So we have about 8 minutes...

Everybody schedule your panic for 7 minutes from now.
 
2012-10-14 01:37:10 PM  

blastoh: Have they spent much time on the fact that today is the 65th anniversy of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier?


Honorable mention early on, that was about it.
 
2012-10-14 01:37:33 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoidJVAMAVE
 
2012-10-14 01:37:40 PM  

NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?


You never know with falls, either. A woman once survived a fall from 33,000 feet. [link]
 
2012-10-14 01:37:55 PM  

blastoh: Have they spent much time on the fact that today is the 65th anniversy of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier?


They mentioned it early in the broadcast. Thats the only time I've heard them say anything.
 
2012-10-14 01:38:00 PM  
What if he decides that he doesn't want to come out?

"Screw you guys. It's comfortable in here."
 
2012-10-14 01:38:06 PM  

IsNoGood: The ground cams just scary, 30+ KM and still good pics if you stalker your be happy with that


The camera lens they're using for that is kinda outside the price range of most stalkers.
 
2012-10-14 01:38:08 PM  
Yeah. That ridge they're showing.
 
2012-10-14 01:38:08 PM  

Evil Mackerel: whither_apophis: I wish Red Bull had commissioned Rush for a song.

They'll play the opening theme from "Enterprise".


oh thats low man
 
2012-10-14 01:38:18 PM  
Red Bull site feed crashed for me.
Teevee working fine.
 
2012-10-14 01:38:27 PM  
too bad the interneet feed won't stay up :(
 
2012-10-14 01:39:00 PM  
A cliff is a differential; from the lower land on one side to the higher land on the other.

How interesting.
 
2012-10-14 01:39:12 PM  
.
.
Where can I find live feed?
 
2012-10-14 01:39:29 PM  
120k!
 
2012-10-14 01:39:43 PM  

Lego_Addict: No shots of his face since they reported heat problems with his suit. It's getting close to the target altitude.


That was over an hour ago; we've had tons of shots of him since then. There's a bit of fog on his visor near his mouth. For instance, in this post.

fustanella: Outside air pressure is 0.3psi. *gasp*


They listed it as -0.03 psi a while ago. I was amused.
 
2012-10-14 01:40:03 PM  
121K. We're in the target range, we're just waiting for it to stop.
 
2012-10-14 01:40:05 PM  

Starry Heavens: Lego_Addict: No shots of his face since they reported heat problems with his suit. It's getting close to the target altitude.

That was over an hour ago; we've had tons of shots of him since then. There's a bit of fog on his visor near his mouth. For instance, in this post.

fustanella: Outside air pressure is 0.3psi. *gasp*

They listed it as -0.03 psi a while ago. I was amused.


Wow, that sucks. *blink*
 
2012-10-14 01:40:11 PM  
Red bull site is showing zero vertical ascent rate.
Can't be right.
 
2012-10-14 01:40:14 PM  

SenorDan: 120k!


Dude, spoiler alert!
 
2012-10-14 01:40:17 PM  
Huh...never would have guessed that at 120K feet the outside temperature would above 0
 
2012-10-14 01:40:23 PM  

Gosling: Yeah, from where he is, he's jumping way out in the middle of nowhere. There's a long cliff to the east of him; he'll be at the bottom of that. It won't really come into play.


... let's hope he avoids Bottomless lakes then :/

///Im rooting for this dude, don't want him to get eaten by the lake monster!
 
2012-10-14 01:40:32 PM  
outside air pressure, .01 PSI...damn.
 
2012-10-14 01:41:01 PM  
That looks like a HUGE Breast implant....
 
2012-10-14 01:41:04 PM  
What is the burst altitude of the balloon?
 
2012-10-14 01:41:36 PM  
BBC News has a live feed of the balloon
 
2012-10-14 01:41:37 PM  
Now he's going up faster, luls.
 
2012-10-14 01:41:37 PM  
Egress checklist!
 
2012-10-14 01:41:55 PM  
So... what if the balloon doesn't stop?
 
2012-10-14 01:41:57 PM  

mr_larry: How does this guy fit his massive balls into his flight suit? Do they have special warmers for his balls?


No need. They're so massive they've achieved nuclear fusion on their own.
 
2012-10-14 01:42:03 PM  

jayessell: What is the burst altitude of the balloon?


THey did state that they might go to 130,000
 
2012-10-14 01:42:15 PM  
Faceplae looks good.
 
2012-10-14 01:42:25 PM  
I guess I could post the link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19887652
Link
 
2012-10-14 01:42:27 PM  
note to self: put High Anxiety into netflix queue
 
2012-10-14 01:42:32 PM  
We're at float altitude. The balloon has stopped rising.
 
2012-10-14 01:42:32 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: SenorDan: 120k!

Dude, spoiler alert!


Whoops. I won't say anything about what just attacked the capsule. :)
 
2012-10-14 01:42:40 PM  
Your faceplate will be cold, Felix.
So Man the FARK up!
 
2012-10-14 01:43:27 PM  

way south: Your faceplate will be cold, Felix.
So Man the FARK up!


I think he's passed all manliness tests possible...
 
2012-10-14 01:43:30 PM  
Alright chumps, let's do this!

FEEEELIIIIIIX BAUGNARTNERRRRRRR!
 
2012-10-14 01:43:32 PM  
I have a boner.
 
2012-10-14 01:43:35 PM  

way south: Your faceplate will be cold, Felix.
So Man the FARK up!


Vision is overrated, eh?
 
2012-10-14 01:43:35 PM  
Okay, I guess it's found an extra few feet.
 
2012-10-14 01:43:37 PM  
 
2012-10-14 01:43:46 PM  
*drum roll*
 
2012-10-14 01:43:49 PM  
Jump! Jump! Jump!
 
2012-10-14 01:43:53 PM  
Browner lederhosen time for Felix.
 
2012-10-14 01:43:56 PM  
Egress checklist:

1. open door
2. climb onto skateboard
3. jump
4. fall
5. land
 
2012-10-14 01:43:57 PM  
37 meters high!
 
2012-10-14 01:44:16 PM  
So the only way he could get higher would be to use Hydrogen in the balloon instead of helium?
 
2012-10-14 01:44:36 PM  
Top floor.
The brass balls can't be hauled any higher.
 
2012-10-14 01:44:50 PM  
It appears that the Discovery Channel is showing this on a three-hour delay on the West Coast rather than live. Weak.

Good thing there's the internet.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:03 PM  
fark, I think all of Roswell is holding it's breath...

///Fingers crossed!
 
2012-10-14 01:45:07 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: 37 meters high!


Or, you know, 37,341 meters.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:07 PM  
Jesus, the balloon's going faster than ever.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:20 PM  

Swoop1809: So the only way he could get higher would be to use Hydrogen in the balloon instead of helium?


Or a bigger balloon.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:23 PM  
I'm waiting for the space dragon from Masters of Orion 2 to show up and eat the balloon.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:24 PM  
definitely fog on the facemask.

what a view.

watching on discovery. HD.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:26 PM  

not2bright: Egress checklist:

1. open door
2. climb onto skateboard
3. jump
3a Kickflip to Boneless 360
3b import antigravity Tony Hawk cheat
3c score a 1,000,406x combo

4. fall
5. land

 
2012-10-14 01:45:30 PM  
Seems to be going faster now?
 
2012-10-14 01:45:35 PM  
OH FARK
 
2012-10-14 01:45:35 PM  
Holy shiat is this announcer bad. Couldn't they have just hired Fred Willard instead of a bad impersonator?
 
2012-10-14 01:45:40 PM  

Forty-Two: It appears that the Discovery Channel is showing this on a three-hour delay on the West Coast rather than live. Weak.

Good thing there's the internet.


That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
 
2012-10-14 01:45:49 PM  
I should say, I spend a lot of time working on small platforms at heights (I think I have a photo in my profile).

I would by no means have the testicular fortitude to undertake anything a quarter as ballsy as this.
 
2012-10-14 01:46:01 PM  

Swoop1809: So the only way he could get higher would be to use Hydrogen in the balloon instead of helium?


They have ballast on the bottom of the capsule they could drop if they wanted to. But they are venting so they figure they are high enough.
 
2012-10-14 01:46:04 PM  

Need Help Soonish: fark, I think all of Roswell is holding it's breath...

///Fingers crossed!


Why? Aren't they used to big shiny balloons crashing in the desert out there?
 
2012-10-14 01:46:06 PM  
Ascent speed down to 65 ft/min. Now back up to 1000+ft/min
 
2012-10-14 01:46:10 PM  
This guy is gonna DIE
/Yeah I went there
 
2012-10-14 01:46:13 PM  
Climbing VERY rapidly now. Like 20 mph.
 
2012-10-14 01:46:13 PM  
almost 20,000 feet higher than where Kittenger jumped from, or put another way, closing in on 4 miles higher...
 
2012-10-14 01:46:15 PM  
C'mon Felix I want you to break the Sound Barrier!
 
2012-10-14 01:46:16 PM  

SenorDan: Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.


webpages.charter.net
 
2012-10-14 01:46:34 PM  
They're venting helium.
 
2012-10-14 01:46:38 PM  
"Fark physics!" - the balloon
 
2012-10-14 01:46:47 PM  

not2bright: Egress checklist:

1. open door
2. climb into a kayak
3. jump
4. fall
5. splash down


FTFY
 
2012-10-14 01:46:50 PM  
Time to leave Felix, get out and fly like an eagle Johnny!
 
2012-10-14 01:47:09 PM  

Forty-Two: It appears that the Discovery Channel is showing this on a three-hour delay on the West Coast rather than live. Weak.

Good thing there's the internet.


what? i'm in arizona and watching it right now on both discovery and the live broadcast with no issues. discovery seems to be slightly ahead of the redbull site.
 
2012-10-14 01:47:18 PM  

jayessell: They're venting helium.


yes, why? he's still climbing anyway.
 
2012-10-14 01:47:20 PM  
Ridge starting to become a factor.

Balloon slowing down again.
 
2012-10-14 01:47:24 PM  
Felix is like, "Fark this, I'll jump when I want to jump."
 
2012-10-14 01:47:26 PM  
Damn, that thing is gaining alt quite fast for being a balloon.
 
2012-10-14 01:48:04 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-14 01:48:06 PM  

costermonger: "Fark physics!" - the balloon


Speaking from some (limited) personal experience with college projects, it's damn hard to predict the flight path of these things. Same with ascent rates.
 
2012-10-14 01:48:11 PM  
Here we go. We're floating for real this time.
 
2012-10-14 01:48:19 PM  

chairmenmeow47: Forty-Two: It appears that the Discovery Channel is showing this on a three-hour delay on the West Coast rather than live. Weak.

Good thing there's the internet.

what? i'm in arizona and watching it right now on both discovery and the live broadcast with no issues. discovery seems to be slightly ahead of the redbull site.


I have it on mute in Santa Barbara, and it's showing Mythbusters with cuts away to the balloon still on the ground.
 
2012-10-14 01:48:20 PM  

geom_00: Ascent speed down to 65 ft/min. Now back up to 1000+ft/min


"He's all over the place! What an asshole!"
 
2012-10-14 01:48:52 PM  
Lets go!!!!
 
2012-10-14 01:48:52 PM  
I think its will go boom, dont looks like any more room
 
2012-10-14 01:48:53 PM  

Scruffinator: Forty-Two: It appears that the Discovery Channel is showing this on a three-hour delay on the West Coast rather than live. Weak.

Good thing there's the internet.

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.


It's live here.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:01 PM  
The balloon now looks like a giant white anus. Almost 128k now...
 
2012-10-14 01:49:05 PM  
127K feet.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:07 PM  
AHHHH YEAAAAHH Time to fly!
 
2012-10-14 01:49:14 PM  
Egress check, GO!
 
2012-10-14 01:49:27 PM  
falling slowly now.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:36 PM  
It's dropping.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:39 PM  
He's shedding feet, but at this point, what's a few thousand feet between friends.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:40 PM  
Felix. Confirm, dammit.
 
2012-10-14 01:49:45 PM  
oh there he goes down again. and leveled out.

egress checklist in progress.

do you think i'll hear the splat in missouri?
 
2012-10-14 01:50:02 PM  
Did he just check his smile in the hand-mirror? *applauds*
 
2012-10-14 01:50:03 PM  
He sounds like Microsoft Mike
 
2012-10-14 01:50:07 PM  
Dropping altitude now!
 
2012-10-14 01:50:08 PM  

goodole312: 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.

some trekkie you are lol


Damn that oldsheimer and vodak!!!
 
2012-10-14 01:50:15 PM  
Time to play the theme from Rocky.
 
2012-10-14 01:50:19 PM  
Oh oh...
 
2012-10-14 01:50:24 PM  

WhyteRaven74: almost 20,000 feet higher than where Kittenger jumped from, or put another way, closing in on 4 miles higher...


This should be an Olympic Sport.

He wears skis, and then jumps as he lands!
 
2012-10-14 01:50:24 PM  
suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com
 
2012-10-14 01:50:29 PM  
"Felix, it's time to come out of the capsule!"
 
2012-10-14 01:50:30 PM  
Looks like they've hit neutral buoyancy - altitude is dropping off slightly.
 
2012-10-14 01:50:48 PM  
Jesus, get on with it....
 
2012-10-14 01:50:53 PM  
I picked a hell of a day to stop sniffing glue!
 
2012-10-14 01:50:56 PM  
Map says he's on the high side of the ridge now.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:04 PM  
"Activate suit and chest pack cameras."
 
2012-10-14 01:51:05 PM  
Which is closer to "live", the stream on the web, or discovery channel coverage?
 
2012-10-14 01:51:19 PM  

Gosling: He's shedding feet, but at this point, what's a few thousand feet between friends.


Damn you, Brunt-Väisälä!
 
2012-10-14 01:51:23 PM  
God, his capsule is bobbing up and down more than a flight steward on a San Francisco layover.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:35 PM  
lost feed... something amiss? or just me?
 
2012-10-14 01:51:37 PM  
This would be much more exciting if it were like a dunk tank - someone on the ground hits a button and he just drops out the bottom - the anticipation would be awesome.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:44 PM  
Felix is soo getting laid tonight.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:44 PM  

James72: Which is closer to "live", the stream on the web, or discovery channel coverage?


Discovery by about a minute last I checked.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:44 PM  

Gosling: Map says he's on the high side of the ridge now.


Where are you seeing the ground track?
 
2012-10-14 01:51:44 PM  
The engineering community frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2012-10-14 01:51:46 PM  

Gosling: Map says he's on the high side of the ridge now.


You have a live feed map? link?
 
2012-10-14 01:51:53 PM  
"Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows. . ."
 
2012-10-14 01:52:04 PM  
More cameras. Yes.
 
2012-10-14 01:52:04 PM  

fustanella: Did he just check his smile in the hand-mirror? *applauds*


Probably checking to make sure his oxygen tanks look good and the parachute hasn't already deployed.

/Firefox crashed there briefly, so sorry if that was already answered on the feed
 
2012-10-14 01:52:21 PM  

James72: Which is closer to "live", the stream on the web, or discovery channel coverage?


Discovery Channel is about a minute ahead.
 
2012-10-14 01:52:22 PM  
He's operating real slow.
sounds like symptoms of hypoxia
 
2012-10-14 01:52:22 PM  

wxboy: geom_00: Ascent speed down to 65 ft/min. Now back up to 1000+ft/min

"He's all over the place! What an asshole!"


cache.blippitt.com
 
2012-10-14 01:52:37 PM  
"Zip pockets shut"

Don't want to lose your cell phone on the way down.
 
2012-10-14 01:52:38 PM  
EXIT POSITION
 
2012-10-14 01:52:40 PM  

James72: Which is closer to "live", the stream on the web, or discovery channel coverage?


Discover is about 40 seconds ahead of youtube
 
2012-10-14 01:53:04 PM  
If he doesn't yell "Leroy Jenkins" when he jumps, I'm going to be really disappointed.
 
2012-10-14 01:53:23 PM  

geom_00: wxboy: geom_00: Ascent speed down to 65 ft/min. Now back up to 1000+ft/min

"He's all over the place! What an asshole!"

[cache.blippitt.com image 400x325]


DAMN IT! That was supposed to be Stephen Stucker in the "JUST KIDDING" pose.
 
2012-10-14 01:53:27 PM  

iron_city_ap: Felix is soo getting laid tonight.


If he is still fully functional.
 
2012-10-14 01:53:28 PM  

TanSau: He's operating real slow.
sounds like symptoms of hypoxia


Yes. This concerns me.
 
2012-10-14 01:53:38 PM  

IMDWalrus: Gosling: Map says he's on the high side of the ridge now.

Where are you seeing the ground track?


Google Earth crossed with their latitude/longitude readings.
 
2012-10-14 01:53:46 PM  
Roswell is standing still... We are all rooting for you!
 
2012-10-14 01:53:55 PM  
Too bad he won't live but, then again who does....Oh wait , this guy.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:02 PM  

iron_city_ap: Felix is soo getting laid tonight.


Or scraped up with a shovel. We'll see.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:05 PM  
Holy hell that view is amazing..I've got heart flutters just watching him.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:27 PM  
Don't skip steps!
 
2012-10-14 01:54:41 PM  
Sunglasses secured.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:49 PM  
Item 13. Tray table in upright position.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:53 PM  
Item 16 - tray table stowed
 
2012-10-14 01:54:54 PM  
Something bad is going to happen when they open that hatch.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:56 PM  

poonesfarm: iron_city_ap: Felix is soo getting laid tonight.

Or scraped up with a shovel. We'll see.


Well, either way he's farked.
 
2012-10-14 01:54:59 PM  
Butthole clenching time...
 
2012-10-14 01:55:02 PM  
Space: The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of a guy in a tin can.
 
2012-10-14 01:55:06 PM  

Need Help Soonish: Roswell is standing still... We are all rooting for you!


good luck, we're all counting on you
 
2012-10-14 01:55:08 PM  
Tray table in upright and locked position!
 
2012-10-14 01:55:11 PM  

way south: Don't skip steps!


Yeah, that first one is a doozy.
 
2012-10-14 01:55:11 PM  
DAMNED!
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-14 01:55:12 PM  
This is either the balloon or one of Felix's balls...
 
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-10-14 01:55:23 PM  
So why are we doing this? Just because it's neat or does it somehow cure cancer?
 
2012-10-14 01:55:24 PM  

way south: Don't skip steps!

 
2012-10-14 01:55:28 PM  
fwoop?
 
2012-10-14 01:55:29 PM  
Drifting towards some actual roads, but he's on the high side of the ridge and Roswell will need some extra time getting to him.
 
2012-10-14 01:55:32 PM  
Balloon topped out now at about 127,690 feet.
 
2012-10-14 01:55:38 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-14 01:55:41 PM  

PanicMan: Space: The Final Frontier

These are the voyages of a guy in a tin can.


Iloveyousomuch
 
2012-10-14 01:56:00 PM  
ah just under 39km
 
2012-10-14 01:56:03 PM  
Step 23 Cue up the AC/DC upon fall
 
2012-10-14 01:56:20 PM  

Silly Jesus: So why are we doing this? Just because it's neat or does it somehow cure cancer?


Because some civilians could afford it.
 
2012-10-14 01:56:21 PM  
Item # 21

Give this jump the Bidness
 
2012-10-14 01:56:21 PM  
Item 20; please make sure all cell phones and electronic devices are turned off.

/oh, wait, not that one.
 
2012-10-14 01:56:21 PM  

TanSau: He's operating real slow.
sounds like symptoms of hypoxia


He's breathing pure O2 so he's not hypoxia unless there's a biiiiig pressure leak.
 
2012-10-14 01:56:23 PM  
This is nerve-wracking.
 
2012-10-14 01:56:25 PM  
That older guy (his dad?) with the family is reading a book while this is going on...
 
2012-10-14 01:56:54 PM  

Silly Jesus: So why are we doing this? Just because it's neat or does it somehow cure cancer?


High altitude bailout option for future astronauts.
 
2012-10-14 01:56:57 PM  
Oh, god, that hissing. o_0
 
2012-10-14 01:56:57 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Silly Jesus: So why are we doing this? Just because it's neat or does it somehow cure cancer?

Because some civilians could afford it.


Because Science!
 
2012-10-14 01:57:01 PM  
Initialize AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill". Pull down Ironman mask
 
2012-10-14 01:57:07 PM