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(Red Bull)   Wind is great, balloon inflated, all is a go. Link to live stream of Red Bull Stratos   ( redbullstratos.com) divider line
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2012-10-14 03:02:19 PM  
3 votes:
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2012-10-14 08:27:54 PM  
2 votes:
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2012-10-14 02:31:30 PM  
2 votes:
That was intense and insane. I can't believe I watched every minute of a balloon, and was so entranced. Hell yeah, Felix.

(This was the best first greenlight ever.)
2012-10-14 11:42:39 AM  
2 votes:

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 06:33:44 PM  
1 vote:

Idoto: Neil deGrasse Tyson
The "Edge of Space" jump: A corresponding fall to a schoolroom globe begins 1 millimeter above its surface. I'm just saying.

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2012-10-14 06:27:26 PM  
1 vote:
Can Joe Biden go next?
2012-10-14 05:53:19 PM  
1 vote:
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The "Edge of Space" jump: A corresponding fall to a schoolroom globe begins 1 millimeter above its surface. I'm just saying.
2012-10-14 04:43:35 PM  
1 vote:
So on the anniversary of Chuck Yeager's first supersonic flight we have the first supersonic freefall. Bonus, the freefall's top speed was faster than Yeager's.
2012-10-14 03:48:59 PM  
1 vote:
On a related note...am I the only one that noticed the two cute girls kissing in the foreground when they showed Baumgartner's family celebrating?
2012-10-14 03:25:31 PM  
1 vote:
Additional info from their website...

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

All figures approximate based on anticipated conditions and projected factors.
2012-10-14 03:17:17 PM  
1 vote:

BalugaJoe: He crazy dood.

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

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Looks like you can't stand in it any more

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still farking awesome, but he's not the first person to break the sound barrier during free fall, just the first one to be recorded trying to do so. Still farking awesome.
2012-10-14 02:40:31 PM  
1 vote:
He said "Sometimes it takes getting really high to realize just how small you are." "I'm coming home"
2012-10-14 02:36:09 PM  
1 vote:
He even landed on his feet. Today, the Hall of Super-Awesome People gets a new member.
2012-10-14 02:31:14 PM  
1 vote:
Did anyone else notice the fireball around Felix on the IR camera shots? That's what I want to see from his onboard cameras.
2012-10-14 02:23:30 PM  
1 vote:

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

so much this.
2012-10-14 02:16:22 PM  
1 vote:
Perfect landing. Yay!
2012-10-14 01:59:36 PM  
1 vote:
Got a stick of Beemans?
2012-10-14 01:57:26 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-10-14 01:54:27 PM  
1 vote:
Don't skip steps!
2012-10-14 01:53:04 PM  
1 vote:
If he doesn't yell "Leroy Jenkins" when he jumps, I'm going to be really disappointed.
2012-10-14 01:45:07 PM  
1 vote:
Jesus, the balloon's going faster than ever.
2012-10-14 01:32:14 PM  
1 vote:

1: "Dear Lord, please don't let me fark up"
2012-10-14 01:14:01 PM  
1 vote:
In a way, isn't Felix Baumgartner doing the greatest, "Hold my beer and watch this..." of all time?
2012-10-14 01:02:00 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:51:39 PM  
1 vote:
That video player sucks, I can't skip ahead.
2012-10-14 12:49:30 PM  
1 vote:
Fun facts about atmospheric characteristics through the climb (from wiki):

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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 12:48:03 PM  
1 vote:
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.

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2012-10-14 12:26:48 PM  
1 vote:
Somewhere a coyote just got squished by 60 pounds of ballast.
2012-10-14 12:26:20 PM  
1 vote:
I like how they're calling this stunt a "mission".
2012-10-14 12:25:08 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:17:03 PM  
1 vote:
2012-10-14 11:48:53 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:48:28 AM  
1 vote:
There's only one way down now.
The only question is altitude.

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2012-10-14 11:42:30 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:41:00 AM  
1 vote:
Love seeing Kittinger so involved.
2012-10-14 11:40:56 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:40:35 AM  
1 vote:

2012-10-14 11:39:15 AM  
1 vote:
Redbull site doesn't work for me.

Here's the direct link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=MrIxH6DToXQ
2012-10-14 11:37:26 AM  
1 vote:
Watching it on the Discovery channel...the announcer is really annoying.
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