This guy is nuts. Jumping from space to break sound barrier.

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Old 10-14-12, 09:49 AM
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This guy is nuts. Jumping from space to break sound barrier.

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Felix Baumgartner is headed up for his 23-mile-high skydive
 
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Wonder if he realizes what forces will be upon his body at 750 mph?
 
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I agree, a total whacko nut job.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 10:36 AM
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What a waste of $$$$ also. All the funding could of been put to better use IMO.
 
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I guess I am the only one into this.

It's also live on Discovery right now. Looks like about to jump shortly.
 
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Old 10-14-12, 11:19 AM
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Well the man made it.......

Pretty cool actually....

But I still think a waste of money and resources. Just my opinion
 
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But I still think a waste of money and resources. Just my opinion
You can say that about just about anything.
 
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No so Droop. You're not alone thinking this is great. Guys like this have giant bells and God bless them for it. They're the guys that first flew airplanes, sailed around the world, explored the continents and walked on the moon.

Mike, My understanding is that he was sponsored. It's private money. How can that be a waste. He wore a fancy suit that people were paid to design and manufacture, he went up in a hi tech balloon that people were paid to design and manufacture. That sounds like a good deal to me.

And most importantly, he expanded the base of human knowledge.
 
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Yeah, it was all sponsored by Red Bull. This isn't some stupid stunt like a guy going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. This was a very carefully planned event.

I was impressed by the whole thing watching it unfold live. The BBC is making a documentary about this and had lots of other cameras rolling that were not broadcast live.
 
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Hey...whats the big deal? They did it back in 2009...or was it 2250 or so? I mean...I saw it in a movie...so...why do it again?
 
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I think there were some minimum requirements your computer had to meet to see it live. The video was breaking up through the two hours I was watching and I only saw a few still pictures and heard a few seconds of sound once he jumped. I had to wait for the jump to be uploaded to Youtube to see it properly. And I think they purposely cut out the audio when they were trying to figure out the problem with the lack of heat in the visors.
 
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I agree with you too Mike it really was a waste of money but on the other hand it was private funds so it can't be all bad. Still though not really necessary just a big stunt jump that really doesn't benefit anyone unless they agreed to give to charity too. It would have been nice to watch but I couldn't earlier. Maybe they have a recording of it.
 
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Wow. Can someone explain to me how this was a waste of money?

With space flight shifting to the private sector this "stunt" served to demonstrate that a extreme high level bailout can be survivable. NASA is already asking to study Baumgartner's suit.

The real reason that this wasn't a waste of money is that productive people were paid with private funds to provide materials and support services.
In return the private sponsors that funded the flight got lots of publicity.
 
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Old 10-15-12, 07:36 AM
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I was kind of wondering how deep he would have bored in if he had equipment failure/blacked out.
 
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I don't think he would have augered any deeper than a typical failed chute, he was still subject to the same terminal velocity, it was just a whole lot higher up where he started his fall - they estimated he would reach peak speed about 30 seconds in and then start to slow down as the atmosphere thickened.
 
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