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Title: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: pamindfw on October 14, 2012, 02:25:36 PM
I missed the live viewing, and found this link of the replay:


http://www.eitb.com/es/videos/detalle/969091/video-salto-felix-baumgartner--salto-libre-baumgartner/

Maybe I should have put this in chatter.  move it if you like.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: jetson on October 14, 2012, 03:09:07 PM
It was very well executed.  I watched it live on the internet.  One odd thing was that he missed breaking the free fall record by mere seconds because he pulled the chute too early.  But it seemed like he had so much more time.  I'm no parachuter - but that seemed like an unfortunate mistake.

He did get two records though.  Highest manned ballon flight, and highest human parachute jump - i think it was just under 128K feet.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: pamindfw on October 14, 2012, 03:32:32 PM
Did you hear a discussion about whether he surpassed the sound barrier, and if not did pulling the chute too early contribute?

His ground landing was beautiful. 

I've jumped once, and this whole thing is fascinating to me.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: jetson on October 14, 2012, 03:51:14 PM
Did you hear a discussion about whether he surpassed the sound barrier, and if not did pulling the chute too early contribute?

His ground landing was beautiful. 

I've jumped once, and this whole thing is fascinating to me.

The official data on the sound barrier had not been released.  It should be available online by now, I would think?  Unofficially, he surpassed 700mph, I believe.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Garja on October 14, 2012, 03:56:26 PM
Still unofficial on sound barrier. The breaking that or not did not seem to be impacted by parachute. Looked like he was already slowing down due to hitting the earths atmosphere. But yeah. No idea if HE pulled the cord or if it was automated for some condition. But yeah. Only missed it by like 5-10 seconds and he we still thousands of feet in the air so no clue why the chute was pulled.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: on:bread:alone on October 14, 2012, 04:26:29 PM
balls like the rock of gibraltar, that one.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Irish on October 14, 2012, 04:47:44 PM
I watched it live on the Discovery Channel and it was awesome.  It was pretty nerve-wracking when he went into that flat spin.  If I remember correctly the speed he reached was an unofficial 729 mph.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Nam on October 15, 2012, 03:48:59 PM
Exciting to watch but I'd never do it.

-Nam
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Nick on October 15, 2012, 05:06:28 PM
I don't evn like bumper cars. ;)
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Graybeard on October 15, 2012, 07:49:37 PM
The question of the sound-barrier is moot - he probably went faster than sound at sea-level, but, as he started about 39Km above the earth, far faster than sound in thin atmosphere.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9d/Comparison_US_standard_atmosphere_1962.svg/512px-Comparison_US_standard_atmosphere_1962.svg.png)
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: hickdive on October 16, 2012, 12:15:19 PM
Interesting chart but it omits the moronosphere; that layer of the atmosphere found between any flat surface people can stand on and an altitude of around six feet.
Title: Re: baumgartners jump from edge of space
Post by: Emily on October 16, 2012, 12:23:49 PM
So the borehole in Russia (or wherever it is) is deeper than the deepest point of the ocean? That's pretty fucking cool. I never really thought about those two deep points together.

EDIT: So, I watched the video and when he jumped I seriously yelled so loud my husband had to come upstairs because he was thinking I was having an heart attack or something. That was an amazing video, with and amazing view of Earth.