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(BBC)   I got in one little flight and my mum got scared, she said you're moving at Mach-1 thru a void with no air   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 111
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2012-10-15 09:26:01 AM
I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?
 
2012-10-15 09:29:27 AM
Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere
 
2012-10-15 09:32:11 AM
If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.
 
2012-10-15 09:32:31 AM

unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?


I was assuming he was having problems hearing or something, which is why he wasn't responding so fast.
 
2012-10-15 09:33:40 AM
Well, I don't know if he had Big Willie Style, but he probably had big something close to that.
 
2012-10-15 09:34:51 AM
Funny, I didn't even realize, having watched that yesterday live, the guy talking on the ground was Kittinger.
 
2012-10-15 09:36:09 AM
I hope he can dodge that baseball on the way down. You know, the one from when the subby HIT THAT HEADLINE OUT OF THE MOTHERfarkING PARK.
 
2012-10-15 09:36:36 AM
Bravo, subs

/you too langston
 
2012-10-15 09:40:20 AM

h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.


Actually the opposite iirc, the denser the material, the faster the speed of sound, so it's possible he was going several times the speed of sound in the atmosphere he was in. But I'm pretty sure for these purposes they're mostly talking about the speed of sound at STP, which we all know is 212 mph, or 100 centigrade.
 
2012-10-15 09:41:17 AM
This headline pleases me.
 
2012-10-15 09:41:53 AM

topcon: unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?

I was assuming he was having problems hearing or something, which is why he wasn't responding so fast.


Yeah. It seemed to be communication problems. Either he wasn't hearing the ground or the ground wasn't hearing him.

(I suspect the latter, as at one point he gives an annoyed thumbs up after being asked to confirm something for the third time.
 
2012-10-15 09:43:30 AM
Bravo Subby!
 
2012-10-15 09:43:55 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-15 09:45:47 AM
Wow, jumping into that immensity makes humans like simultaneously tiny and big in heart.

And I don't even like jumping out second story windows.
 
2012-10-15 09:47:34 AM
Big Brass ones.
 
2012-10-15 09:47:41 AM

ZackDanger: (I suspect the latter, as at one point he gives an annoyed thumbs up after being asked to confirm something for the third time.


To release the hose from the capsule. He'd been having some trouble with the previous checklist item, though, and only disconnected the hose (and thumbs upped) once he'd completed that.
 
2012-10-15 09:47:47 AM
Welcome back to Earf.
 
2012-10-15 09:48:21 AM

Langston: Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere

 
2012-10-15 09:48:58 AM

h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.


1) There was air. He was in the middle of the stratosphere.

2) The speed of sound at STP is around 760 mph IIRC. He hit 834.
 
2012-10-15 09:49:17 AM
golfclap.gif

damn file size was too big
 
2012-10-15 09:50:35 AM

topcon: Funny, I didn't even realize, having watched that yesterday live, the guy talking on the ground was Kittinger.


Ugh. That's so incredibly awesome. I wish I had realized that while I was watching.

I would have paid more attention to his expressions and emotions.

So awesome.
 
2012-10-15 09:50:50 AM

Langston: Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere


[Golfclap]
 
2012-10-15 09:54:08 AM

h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.


If there was "no air" then the balloon wouldn't have been risen that high, either. He jumped out "in" the atmosphere and legitimately broke Mach 1 at altitude.
 
2012-10-15 09:55:53 AM

unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?


Communications issues, and the fact that his helmet visor heater malfunctioned before he even jumped. Not sure if there was a HUD inside that helmet, but being able to see where you are in relation to the ground is a good thing--as was evidence by the fact that at one point he was tumbling and had to get back under control.

No, dude has certified balls of reinforced titanium. In a similar position I'd be asking why the fark I should jump out of a perfectly good space capsule, then require a fifth of Jack Daniels, R. Lee Ermey in my ear, and promise that Salma Hayek was waiting in bed for me when I landed to get me to jump.
 
2012-10-15 09:56:02 AM

unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?


I got the same impression. Could've been communication issues, but watching, I really thought he was nervous as hell. And who could blame him? Hell, that just make the guy seem more human and less psychotic.
 
2012-10-15 09:56:30 AM

Matrix Flavored Wasabi: h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.

1) There was air. He was in the middle of the stratosphere.

2) The speed of sound at STP is around 760 mph IIRC. He hit 834.


761 mph to be exact.

My fluid dynamics classes are long behind me, but I seem to remember that the speed of sound also changes with air pressure, therefore going 834mph at 100,000 ft may still not be over mach 1. I'd have to dig through class notes (or Google) to be sure.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2012-10-15 09:58:24 AM
Next up: BASE jumping off the ISS.

/the S stands for satellite, right?
 
2012-10-15 10:02:55 AM

GBB: Next up: BASE jumping off the ISS.

/the S stands for satellite, right?


I'd assume Building, Antennae, Span and Earth doesn't include things not attached to the ground.
So you'll have to wait for a space elevator to get that achievement.

/Now 32,000 miles would be one hell of a fall...
/And just cause no ones said it: Nice headline, Subs.
 
2012-10-15 10:06:51 AM
He said he thought about aborting because of his visor fogging up. How would he abort? Did he have a bb gun to shot a hole in the balloon or something?

For that matter, what happens to the capsule once he jumped?
 
2012-10-15 10:07:38 AM

Flab: My fluid dynamics classes are long behind me, but I seem to remember that the speed of sound also changes with air pressure, therefore going 834mph at 100,000 ft may still not be over mach 1. I'd have to dig through class notes (or Google) to be sure.


Pressure and temperature of the medium. 332m/s at sea level and 0C, +1m/s per C.
 
2012-10-15 10:08:05 AM
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-15 10:08:09 AM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-15 10:09:48 AM

ManRay: He said he thought about aborting because of his visor fogging up. How would he abort? Did he have a bb gun to shot a hole in the balloon or something?


Valves at the top of the balloon. And presumably they'll bring it down (either gradually or all at once) when they're over nothing in particular.
 
2012-10-15 10:10:14 AM
There's not enough air up there to smell anyone later.
 
2012-10-15 10:11:53 AM

Langston: Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere


ic2.pbase.com
 
2012-10-15 10:17:08 AM

ManRay: For that matter, what happens to the capsule once he jumped?


It disconnects from the balloon and parachutes down.
 
2012-10-15 10:18:07 AM
I would do this anytime at all. Any. time. Just call me. 2 am - fine. In the dark - fine
Would be such a head rush
 
2012-10-15 10:18:32 AM

unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?


0/10

Retired US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger has more sack than the combined fark user base.

Baumgartner just earned his pair - no question.
 
2012-10-15 10:18:59 AM
That must have been the greatest view outside of the ISS. Must have been a boring trip up though hope he brought a book.
 
2012-10-15 10:23:54 AM
This is Ghostrider requesting fly-by.
 
2012-10-15 10:25:11 AM

theorellior: There's not enough air up there to smell anyone later.


Hal Clement posthumously begs to differ.
 
2012-10-15 10:25:37 AM
Headline of the motherfarking year right here.
 
2012-10-15 10:29:13 AM
If there is no air when he breaks the sound barrier, does anyone hear it?
 
2012-10-15 10:31:36 AM
Now if he can only do it this way:

efficientawesomeness.com
 
2012-10-15 10:32:16 AM
A friend said that his sack is so big that it could be used as an emergency chute, I have to agree. Felix has some major cojonies(sp). (Spellcheck didn't help...)
I could see the balloon from my house and with binoculars I could see sunlight glint off the capsule occasionally.
A local radio station had a live feed and it was amazing to watch, and rewatch.
 
2012-10-15 10:34:25 AM

j0e_average: unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?

0/10

Retired US Air Force Col Joe Kittinger has more sack than the combined fark user base.

Baumgartner just earned his pair - no question.


Baumgartner: Maybe I should abort, my helmet is fogged up.

Kittinger: I gotta jump out of this thing, my suit is leaking and my hand has swollen up to roughly twice it's normal size.

/true story.
 
2012-10-15 10:35:26 AM

ManRay: He said he thought about aborting because of his visor fogging up. How would he abort? Did he have a bb gun to shot a hole in the balloon or something?

For that matter, what happens to the capsule once he jumped?


It had it's own parachute.
 
2012-10-15 10:38:51 AM

Langston: Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere


Everything about this thread is a win. The headline. This comment. Everything.
 
2012-10-15 10:40:20 AM

Langston: Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
 
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
 
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
 
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
 
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere


outstanding
 
2012-10-15 10:42:09 AM

h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.


wow - i did not remember that from physics at all
i was assuming the mach numbers were constants - obviously that's not the case.

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