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(Guardian)   Felix Baumgartner and his balls of unobtainium are resting comfortably   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 77
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2012-10-15 02:08:29 PM  
And you know what other Australian broke the sound barrier and is now resting.
 
2012-10-15 02:19:59 PM  
Falling must be more difficult than I thought.
 
2012-10-15 02:23:43 PM  

beantowndog: Falling must be more difficult than I thought.


It's not the fall that hurts....
 
2012-10-15 02:40:55 PM  

beantowndog: Falling must be more difficult than I thought.


For the first 30 seconds or so, it absolutely is. Without the benefit of wind resistance, he could not impact his orientation at all. That means that if he went into an uncontrollable spin, he'd have to reorient himself afterwards for the remainder of his free fall. Think of how disoriented you'd become after 30 seconds of spinning like a fastball headed to home plate, only travelling 7x as fast. Add onto that an issue with visor fogging.

He was definitely in a spin on the first part of the way down, but he made recontrolling look easy.
 
2012-10-15 03:05:17 PM  

unyon: beantowndog: Falling must be more difficult than I thought.

For the first 30 seconds or so, it absolutely is. Without the benefit of wind resistance, he could not impact his orientation at all. That means that if he went into an uncontrollable spin, he'd have to reorient himself afterwards for the remainder of his free fall. Think of how disoriented you'd become after 30 seconds of spinning like a fastball headed to home plate, only travelling 7x as fast. Add onto that an issue with visor fogging.

He was definitely in a spin on the first part of the way down, but he made recontrolling look easy.


I feel my stomach trying come out of my mouth just reading that!
 
2012-10-15 03:09:34 PM  
I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.
 
2012-10-15 03:12:17 PM  

KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.


He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.

I wish he'd have just yelled "YOLO!"
 
2012-10-15 03:13:53 PM  

KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.


bleep
 
2012-10-15 03:20:15 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.

He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.

I wish he'd have just yelled "YOLO!"


...followed by a critical equipment failure
 
2012-10-15 03:30:48 PM  
I was a bit disappointed that he didn't yell "Leeroy Je-e-e-en-kins! as he jumped.
 
2012-10-15 04:00:02 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: ..followed by a critical equipment failure


If he yelled YOLO I would be hoping for the same thing.
 
2012-10-15 04:18:09 PM  

Therion: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't yell "Leeroy Je-e-e-en-kins! as he jumped.


Now that would have been beyond awesome
 
2012-10-15 04:26:47 PM  
Probably resting with hookers in a hottub.
 
2012-10-15 04:28:13 PM  
I like how he says now he will just take it easy and be a rescue copter pilot.
 
2012-10-15 04:32:06 PM  
He was something like 10 seconds short for beating the world record for the longest free fall, am I correct there?

Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?
Did he control the chute or was it automatic?

I was just curious if they explained why he couldn't fall for 10 more seconds, anyone?
 
2012-10-15 04:37:33 PM  

buntz: He was something like 10 seconds short for beating the world record for the longest free fall, am I correct there?

Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?
Did he control the chute or was it automatic?

I was just curious if they explained why he couldn't fall for 10 more seconds, anyone?


1) His visor fogged up. If he couldn't estimate his altitude, he would have pulled his chute as sooner rather than later.
2) May have been a sly hat-tip to his cap com, Joe Kittinger. Even tho Felix busted the height and speed records, he left Kittinger with the freefall record.
 
2012-10-15 04:38:55 PM  

way south: buntz: He was something like 10 seconds short for beating the world record for the longest free fall, am I correct there?

Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?
Did he control the chute or was it automatic?

I was just curious if they explained why he couldn't fall for 10 more seconds, anyone?

1) His visor fogged up. If he couldn't estimate his altitude, he would have pulled his chute as sooner rather than later.
2) May have been a sly hat-tip to his cap com, Joe Kittinger. Even tho Felix busted the height and speed records, he left Kittinger with the freefall record.


Or maybe because... SPLAT!!!
 
2012-10-15 04:39:25 PM  

buntz: He was something like 10 seconds short for beating the world record for the longest free fall, am I correct there?

Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?
Did he control the chute or was it automatic?

I was just curious if they explained why he couldn't fall for 10 more seconds, anyone?


Not sure but I think he probably fell faster in the early part of the fall than expected and reached pull altitude quicker. Not sure if at 5,000' you want to be gambling on breaking the last record, if he was aware of the time.
 
2012-10-15 04:40:23 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.

He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.

I wish he'd have just yelled "YOLO!"


"Someone call Brad Pitt and tell him *sunglasses* there's a new Legend of the Fall. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
 
2012-10-15 04:46:01 PM  

BalugaJoe: Probably resting with hookers in a hottub.


Or the two chicks that they showed kissing after he landed.
 
2012-10-15 04:47:22 PM  
The Dude landed on his feet after jumping from 24 miles up and breaking the sound barrier!! That was the perfect landing for the most incredible jump ever.
 
2012-10-15 04:59:37 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.


i.imgur.com

buntz: Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?


The visor fogging up would be part of it, but altitude was another part of it. Because he fell so fast early on, going quite a bit faster than Kittinger ever did, he got to the altitude where he opened his chute pretty quick and he didn't open his chute very high up either. Where he was when he opened it, waiting 10 seconds while not a horrible idea would not be particularly wise either. Falling for ten seconds while doing a good 120 mph represents a serious chunk of altitude.
 
2012-10-15 05:22:02 PM  
He can borrow a ballrest from Joe Kittinger.
 
2012-10-15 05:30:38 PM  
Where are all the videos of the different camera angles? I could only find one video that was only 1:44 long.



\i almost threw up in my mouth
\\just a little
 
2012-10-15 05:30:58 PM  
But has his mom been able to get the stains from his underoos after that lenghty uncontrolled spin he got himself in to?
 
2012-10-15 05:40:10 PM  
Jumping from really low places takes balls. BASE jumping from a 200 foot or shorter bridge is ballsy.

Jumping from really high buildings, like the Burj Kalifa, is just a matter of getting past security. Plenty of people have parachuted from lower. BFD

Jumping from the edge of space is the other extreme. Going someplace you have to take your own air is always a bit ballsy. And it looks like James Cameron actually raised the bar.
 
2012-10-15 05:40:43 PM  

WhyteRaven74: tallguywithglasseson: He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.

[i.imgur.com image 844x608]

buntz: Is there a reason he couldn't go 10 seconds more?

The visor fogging up would be part of it, but altitude was another part of it. Because he fell so fast early on, going quite a bit faster than Kittinger ever did, he got to the altitude where he opened his chute pretty quick and he didn't open his chute very high up either. Where he was when he opened it, waiting 10 seconds while not a horrible idea would not be particularly wise either. Falling for ten seconds while doing a good 120 mph represents a serious chunk of altitude.


He was within the Earth's atmosphere and after two hours he wanted back down? I wonder who is going to colonize the Galaxy with that kind of attitude?
 
2012-10-15 05:45:14 PM  
Red Bull gives you balls.
 
2012-10-15 05:47:51 PM  
I was wondering how they fit his giant brass balls into the capsule.

/unobtainium must be very dense and heavy.
 
2012-10-15 05:50:19 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I wonder who is going to colonize the Galaxy with that kind of attitude?


No kidding. Aliens watching that probably thought he was some sort of pussy, by bailing out of his spaceship. "Fark this shiat, I'm going home!"
 
2012-10-15 05:55:23 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.

He said something like "Sometime you have to go up really high to understand how small you are" and "I'm coming home" or something before he jumped.

I wish he'd have just yelled "YOLO!"


He should have yelled, Geronimo! Geronimo! Geronimo! Me!

www.replikultes.net
 
2012-10-15 05:55:45 PM  

traylor: Red Bull gives you balls.


It certainly didn't give him wings. He dropped like a rock.
 
2012-10-15 05:58:44 PM  
www.toydirectory.com

Falling....with style!
 
2012-10-15 06:04:20 PM  

BalugaJoe: Probably resting with hookers in a hottub.


I suspect he doesn't need the hookers:

www.fakt.pl

His girlfriend is quite cute.
 
2012-10-15 06:05:59 PM  
And, apparently, she used to be a gymnast:

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-10-15 06:10:02 PM  

bluenovaman: I was wondering how they fit his giant brass balls into the capsule.

/unobtainium must be very dense and heavy.


If his balls were unobtanium, he'd still be floating up there.
 
2012-10-15 06:17:00 PM  

dittybopper: If his balls were unobtanium, he'd still be floating up there.


I believe you meant Upsidaisium.
 
2012-10-15 06:17:27 PM  
I just don't get it. Where's the challenge? Is he amazing because he sat on the balloon thingy for a while? Is it the suit that kept him alive that is so impressive? Or is he a demigod simply for his spectacular ability to fall for a few minutes?
 
2012-10-15 06:18:07 PM  
Interesting feat, but his quote came off as quite contrived and corny. I would have gone with, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."
 
2012-10-15 06:20:47 PM  

Kate Gosselin's Pap Smear: Where are all the videos of the different camera angles? I could only find one video that was only 1:44 long.


I'm sure we'll see them in the National Geographic special they were filming. Think I heard it was supposed to come out in about a month.
 
2012-10-15 06:24:14 PM  

way south:
I was just curious if they explained why he couldn't fall for 10 more seconds, anyone?

1) His visor fogged up. If he couldn't estimate his altitude, he would have pulled his chute as sooner rather than later.
2) May have been a sly hat-tip to his cap com, Joe Kittinger. Even tho Felix busted the height and speed records, he left Kittinger with the freefall record.


DRTFT, but setting both the freefall speed record and the freefall time record are at odds with each other.
 
2012-10-15 06:25:58 PM  

Honest Bender: I just don't get it. Where's the challenge? Is he amazing because he sat on the balloon thingy for a while? Is it the suit that kept him alive that is so impressive? Or is he a demigod simply for his spectacular ability to fall for a few minutes?


Contrary to popular belief, neither riding in a high altitude balloon nor jumping from high places are simple affairs or safe for ones health.

/playing with Newton is like playing with Darwin, but with more spectacular consequences.
 
2012-10-15 06:29:15 PM  

Sybarite: KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.

bleep


squirrelworld.lincatz.com

sees what you did there
 
2012-10-15 06:42:53 PM  
 
2012-10-15 06:42:54 PM  

KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.


I was hoping for a "Leeeeeeeeeeerooooy Jenkinnnnns" as he stepped off the capsule.
 
2012-10-15 06:48:52 PM  
"In all, it had taken a balloon - measuring 30m square cubic feet and with a skin one-tenth the thickness of a sandwich bag - two and a half hours to travel the desired 24 miles required for the record jump."

Who the f*ck wrote that? 30m square cubic feet? Really? Then they give up on unit conversion entirely and measure in fractions of a sandwich bag... which in turn come in multiple thicknesses depending on manufacturer and intended purpose. Add whoever wrote that to the short list of people to depolymerize for fuel when we run out of oil.
 
2012-10-15 06:52:04 PM  

LoneVVolf: "In all, it had taken a balloon - measuring 30m square cubic feet and with a skin one-tenth the thickness of a sandwich bag - two and a half hours to travel the desired 24 miles required for the record jump."

Who the f*ck wrote that? 30m square cubic feet? Really? Then they give up on unit conversion entirely and measure in fractions of a sandwich bag... which in turn come in multiple thicknesses depending on manufacturer and intended purpose. Add whoever wrote that to the short list of people to depolymerize for fuel when we run out of oil.


Are you an idiot? Everybody uses ft^6 now. It's modern.
 
2012-10-15 07:05:01 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: LoneVVolf: "In all, it had taken a balloon - measuring 30m square cubic feet and with a skin one-tenth the thickness of a sandwich bag - two and a half hours to travel the desired 24 miles required for the record jump."

Who the f*ck wrote that? 30m square cubic feet? Really? Then they give up on unit conversion entirely and measure in fractions of a sandwich bag... which in turn come in multiple thicknesses depending on manufacturer and intended purpose. Add whoever wrote that to the short list of people to depolymerize for fuel when we run out of oil.

Are you an idiot? Everybody uses ft^6 now. It's modern.


Yeah, but 30 million of them? That's a big-ass balloon.
 
2012-10-15 07:18:02 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: KingKauff: I was a bit disappointed that he didn't go WEEEEEEEEE! at some point during the jump.

I was hoping for a "Leeeeeeeeeeerooooy Jenkinnnnns" as he stepped off the capsule.


I would've paid good money for that...
 
2012-10-15 07:22:08 PM  

Honest Bender: I just don't get it. Where's the challenge? Is he amazing because he sat on the balloon thingy for a while? Is it the suit that kept him alive that is so impressive? Or is he a demigod simply for his spectacular ability to fall for a few minutes?


No, it is because he had to depend on everything working as designed, without Murphy deciding it was time to come out and play, all while falling from "HOLY SHIAT, I'M REALLY HIGH UP!" altitude. All it would have taken is for his suit to fail or his 'chutes to fail or for him to fall unconscious during his un-controlled tumble and we'd be talking about a grease-spot on the NM desert floor.
 
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