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Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the go-ahead-and-jump dept.

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First time accepted submitter madcarrots writes "The Red Bull Stratos space jump is about to take place. The balloon is filling up and launch is expected around 10 AM MDT. Check out the live feed of the inflation process... it's beautiful!" After some delays it looks like the jump is finally going to happen. UPDATE: The jump was a success. Baumgartner is on the ground and apparently fine.

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Redbull (5, Funny)

bobstreo (1320787) | about a year and a half ago | (#41649933)

Has identified the limits of server capacity.

Re:Redbull (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41649967)

The stream seems to work better once you click the "YouTube" link and watch it directly on YouTube.

Re:Redbull (5, Informative)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | about a year and a half ago | (#41649971)

Before the server dies, here is the direct youtube link to the live feed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrIxH6DToXQ [youtube.com]

Re:Redbull (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650313)

I'm so happy that the broadcast announcer is intelligent and full of technical details. Far too often the viewer is treated like an idiot. One minor nitpick, the reason they want to keep the oxygen mixture below 30% is most likely to prevent oxygen toxicity. It's a problem that can quickly cause death. Enriched air (nitrox) divers have to take the same into account.

Re:Redbull (2)

bungo (50628) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650529)

At the moment, he's at 127,692 ft, higher than what was planned. When he was asked if he was ready to do the pre-jump check list, he didn't respond for a number of minutes and had to be asked by Joe K; a number of times.

I wonder if there was something wrong, or just nerves, or too much 02.

It looks like everything is ok now.

Re:Redbull (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650063)

So is youtube...

Re:Redbull (1)

hutsell (1228828) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650085)

The Pilot during the simulated checklist sounded stressed -- worried about something; the operator at the control center has a little bit of unfocused goofiness.
Hopefully all goes well and this isn't an indication of anything serious.

Re:Redbull (5, Informative)

dtmos (447842) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650161)

the operator at the control center has a little bit of unfocused goofiness.

You mean Joe Kittenger [wikipedia.org], the man who holds the existing record, the man Felix trusts implicitly, and possesses the only voice that Felix wants to hear in his capsule?

When you are old enough to need bifocals, you'll appreciate the difference between "unfocused goofiness" and just trying to see.

Re:Redbull (2)

hutsell (1228828) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650291)

the operator at the control center has a little bit of unfocused goofiness.

You mean Joe Kittenger [wikipedia.org], the man who holds the existing record, the man Felix trusts implicitly, and possesses the only voice that Felix wants to hear in his capsule?

When you are old enough to need bifocals, you'll appreciate the difference between "unfocused goofiness" and just trying to see.

Thanks for the clarification on the cause of his demeanor -- it wasn't meant to be an insult. In either case, it's comforting to know the observation was valid and not my imagination. Wearing trifocals myself, I can understand the problem -- especially when going back and forth between two or more glasses prior to the bifocal-trifocal solutions. I would occasionally hate myself for how unprofessional it looked to others while they waited for me to make my changes.

Re:Redbull (1)

hutsell (1228828) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650353)

My experience has been to have it occasionally slow the decision making process. However, Kittinger's experience should be able to counter that problem.

Re:Redbull (5, Insightful)

malakai (136531) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650725)

Something was still off between those two on communications. I think Joe was trying to put him at ease, probably had direct view of his heart rate and other things we couldn't see. But I think Felix was having a fight or flight moment. I actually worried something with his suit pressure was wrong because he was acting like he had nitrogen narcosis ( or the equivalent at opposite extremes of pressure). He was slow to respond, and sometimes didn't respond or acknowledge at all. I can't help to think if this was a NASA or military exercise, they would have stopped the egress checklist and switched to a "is our pilot ok" checklist. It was painful to watch.

going on now, more ballast just dropped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41649937)

@Baumgartner is at 56,000 ft now, outside air temp of -89F. They just dropped more ballast to ascend faster through the jetstream and not drift as far downrange. More details at #livejump and #stratos.

Re:going on now, more ballast just dropped (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650109)

Outside pressure almost at zero now. #livejump #stratos

Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41649949)

FINALLY... A Slashdot posting that doesn't appear AFTER the event! :-)

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (1)

SquarePixel (1851068) | about a year and a half ago | (#41649975)

Sort of.. The summary is already behind (when story went live) as the jump is happening at the moment.

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650039)

I wasn't around for the first moon landing, but I'm sure glad I'm alive to witness this. It's something I'll be able to tell my kids about 20 years down the road. Once again the human race proves it's indomitable spirit and someday we will spread beyond the confines of our tiny blue marble.

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650201)

You're assuming he doesn't die.

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650279)

It is still worth watching. It will still be considered a historic attempt.

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (4, Funny)

lennier1 (264730) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650389)

If it goes wrong it'll still set a record for the most expensive attempt to dig a hole to China without the use of a shovel.

Re:Yay. Slashdot is up to date and current finally (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650419)

It would put him in the Indian Ocean, southern hemisphere, roughly at -34.45221847282653, 75.2783203125

In the meantime, umbrella sales are up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41649963)

Because you really don't want to get splashed by that one.

Boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650005)

Let me know when he tries a superluminal skydive. Now that would be fun to watch.

Why is this even news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650011)

Really.. It's all over every fucking tv channel...

Rich guy with way too much time and money is going to skydive! wooo!

Fuck you want to make it news and impressive? do it without a parachute and get back to me.

Re:Why is this even news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650035)

Many us dont watch TV, so it is news for us. And if the presidential election results come up, would say the same, and expect slashdot to not cover it? And it is actually a guy sponsored by a bunch of rich corporations, that is going to skydive. And it is news because no one has tried to do it from 20K feet, or attempted to break the sound barrier before (well, not intentionally).

Video feed? (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650025)

Am I the only person for whom the video feed is broken?

Re:Video feed? (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650047)

The feed is broken because someone lost the keys to the sound stage that the moon landing was filmed on.

Re:Video feed? (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650061)

Am I the only person for whom the video feed is broken?

That's just the dust cloud from his impact. It should clear up in a minute or two.

Re:Video feed? (1)

hack slash (1064002) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650141)

I can't see shit either. On my Nook Tablet I tried the Android Browser and FireFox and both came up with the "this device not supported" crap, and on this PC I'm just getting the spinny thing and then black screen or "An error occured. Please try again later.", but if I try later I won't fucking see it live!

Re:Video feed? (2)

hack slash (1064002) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650187)

I connected to a US VPN and as if by magic I can see the video (but it keeps buffering)... hmm are they limiting access or something?

Re:Video feed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650415)

“Please stand by. Starting soon“

ha! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650037)

Complete waste of time and resources...there is no point to this exercise other than mass marketing hype job....oh wait...that's what the NFL is and so many partake in that....maybe it has some worth.....yes it does....it serves as a good example of what NOT to waste time on!

Re:ha! (4, Insightful)

lilfields (961485) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650091)

Yes getting people interested in science with stunts is a complete waste of time. NASA has totally failed to capture the imaginative of kids these days, even though decades ago they were doing things very similar to this. Sure this isn't exactly going to the moon, but there is a lot of science behind this, and if it helps people become more interested, then it is far from a waste of time or money.

Re:ha! (3, Interesting)

Splab (574204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650191)

For me Red Bull sure is doing a lot for pushing science - granted, it's mostly "How can I make this go faster with less safety" - but the result of their various experiments are helping the greater good, just think about all the advancements in the field of patching people up after "Hey, Y'all watch this" moments.

Re:ha! (2)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650199)

if it helps people become more interested

An interesting, almost too serious /. poll would be what inspired you as a /.er-type person whatever you call yourself.

For me it was hard sci fi and the feeling I could get involved in amateur science type stuff much more so than watching others perform vaguely technical stunts. Stunts are for the grade school kids who didn't care, watched a stunt on TV for 5 minutes with modest curiosity, still don't care.

Clarke and Asimov and ham radio and owning a cheap microscope and cheap telescope and a computer had a hell of a lot more to do with it than those taco bell guys who offered a free taco if their floating target was hit by pieces of the re-entering Mir space station.

On the other side I think the guy is pretty impressive to have hacked the overall corporate system to get to do something that to him is pretty cool. If he gets turned into a bug on the windshield, perhaps I could convince red bull to sponsor me doing my hobby... I'm sure no one else cares, and that wouldn't even be the point, merely that I would enjoy having someone else pay for my "hobby" probably at the cost of bolting on some corporate logo...

As of now, 69,400 ft and still rising (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650049)

and soon falling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MrIxH6DToXQ# [youtube.com]!

As of now
69,400 ft

Re:As of now, 69,400 ft and still rising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650101)

76,000 ft, curvature of the earth visible. #livejump

Re:As of now, 69,400 ft and still rising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650139)

81,200 ft 25,900 m
3,586,923 watching now

While this is super awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650057)

Wouldnt hurt to see the type of bandwidth used by this event, compared to other major events of a similar type (such as the space shuttle launch and the mars rovers launches).
Some sort of stats would be interesting to look at (IDK if they would serve any purpose, but even as just interesting facts they would be interesting)

Hydrogen? (3, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650107)

Why don't they use Hydrogen for things like this (one-time use balloon) and preserve more Helium for scientific and medical use (and for safe party balloons)?

Or is helium depletion no longer a pressing problem with the current natural gas boom?

Hydrogen has been largely discredited as the root cause of the Hindenberg disaster, is it possible to use it safely in a high altitude research balloon?

Re:Hydrogen? (2)

Splab (574204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650143)

Are you high or something? Or is scientific stuff only the stuff you approve of?

Re:Hydrogen? (4, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650217)

Are you high or something? Or is scientific stuff only the stuff you approve of?

Well, I'm more interested in the medical usage - about six months ago, my dad had to reschedule an MRI, the imaging center said that there was a shortage of helium needed to run the unit. He had a non-critical need for his MRI so rescheduling was not a problem, but I have to think that the 30 million cubic feet of helium that they are venting to the atmosphere in this thrill ride would keep a lot of MRI machines running.

http://www.fiercemedicalimaging.com/story/helium-shortage-threatens-access-mri-services/2012-09-23 [fiercemedicalimaging.com]

Re:Hydrogen? (0)

Darth_brooks (180756) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650267)

Except that medical grade helium and the crap they fill party balloons with are two different things.

Re:Hydrogen? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650289)

Except that medical grade helium and the crap they fill party balloons with are two different things.

I thought all helium came out of the ground, captured from natural gas wells. There may be some grades that are more refined than other, but the ultimate source is the same - and is very limited.

Re:Hydrogen? (4, Informative)

Iskender (1040286) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650635)

Except that medical grade helium and the crap they fill party balloons with are two different things.

Helium is an element. It won't break down, and actually due to being helium it won't even form compounds. The only problem is that it leaks into space, never to return.

If helium is mixed up with other elements you can purify it. Compared to purifying gold ore it's probably child's play.

The line about balloon helium being somehow different from important helium is actually the standard line of the balloon manufacturers. But it makes no scientific sense, so don't listen to it.

Re:Hydrogen? (3, Informative)

pnot (96038) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650637)

Except that medical grade helium and the crap they fill party balloons with are two different things.

No, they're the same thing subjected to different degrees of refinement. Everything from balloon helium to the highest-grade purified lab helium come from the same limited sources.

The volume of the Red Bull Stratos balloon is close to a cubic kilometre. Factoring in the practice jumps and aborted launches, I'd estimate that this project could easily be accounting for over 3% of US helium consumption this year.

I think it's perfectly reasonable to ask why hydrogen is not a viable alternative. There are probably some good, valid answers to that question, but I don't think that yours is one of them. And we do need a longer, louder discussion of how helium usage should be prioritized: it's neither renewable nor (in many applications) substitutable.

Re:Hydrogen? (1)

pnot (96038) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650669)

Oops, please ignore my embarrassing "cubic kilometre" miscalculation... it's about 850,000 cubic metres which of course is nowhere near. However (unless my brain's really malfunctioning today) I think I got the proportion of US usage right -- it was about 56 million cubic metres last year.

Re:Hydrogen? (3, Informative)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650259)

Why don't they use Hydrogen for things like this

Aside from the obvious hair shirt trolling, you can talk to the ham radio guys who launch balloons with radio repeaters slung underneath them.

You'd superficially think the very slightly lower weight of H2 would make H2 lift more than He, but after all manner of handwaving it turns out that very cold low pressure helium displaces more air at altitude. So 100 Liters of H2 and He at STP, hauled up 100Kft, supposedly that results in a slightly higher volume of He than H2. I honestly don't care enough to research it, but urban legend or no its an entertaining story. And you're not solving it with ideal gas laws (need non-ideal gas laws/tables)

Because H2 comes from natgas and He comes from natgas the obvious next calculation is if the larger balloon outweighs (get it?) the advantage of cheaper filling.

You could probably create a whole low level undergrad or maybe AP high school science lab out of determining if the first claim is true or made up and secondly which would overall as a system be cheaper aka less damaging to the environment.

Re:Hydrogen? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650421)

You'd superficially think the very slightly lower weight of H2 would make H2 lift more than He, but after all manner of handwaving it turns out that very cold low pressure helium displaces more air at altitude.

The density of H2 is about half that of He, though in air the buoyancy difference is around 8%.

So 100 Liters of H2 and He at STP, hauled up 100Kft, supposedly that results in a slightly higher volume of He than H2. I honestly don't care enough to research it, but urban legend or no its an entertaining story. And you're not solving it with ideal gas laws (need non-ideal gas laws/tables)

Do you have a reference for this? In school, we were taught that the ideal gas law works best at high temperatures and low pressures, even at -30C (240K), far from the boiling point of Hydrogen and Helium, it seems that the low pressure at high altitude would still enable the ideal gas law to provide a good approximation of the behavior of the gases.

Because H2 comes from natgas and He comes from natgas the obvious next calculation is if the larger balloon outweighs (get it?) the advantage of cheaper filling.

Since many sources are claiming that Helium is sold below its true value, it's not a fair comparison. Hydrogen can be cracked out of Methane in nearly unlimited quantities. Helium is more rare and has to be extracted from the natural gas.

Re:Hydrogen? (1)

tokul (682258) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650377)

Hydrogen has been largely discredited as the root cause of the Hindenberg disaster

Hydrogen did not cause those sparks, but it burned damn well.

If he falls to his death.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650149)

does that mean Redbull is guilty of false advertising? After all, it didn't give him wings.

Youtube link to the live feed (2)

KatchooNJ (173554) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650153)

Here is the direct URL to Youtube, in case the Red Bull Stratos site isn't working for people:

http://www.youtube.com/user/redbull?v=MrIxH6DToXQ [youtube.com]

Re:Youtube link to the live feed (1)

DaTrueDave (992134) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650457)

Too bad YouTube can't handle the traffic, either...

Re:Youtube link to the live feed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650703)

Er, it handled a 1080p stream very well for me. May be it depends on your location.

Secondary outcome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650155)

If he winds up landing in a zoo, he could really become One with the Tiger [www.cbc.ca].

Is this actually happening? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650193)

Do the shots of the capsule look like CGI to anyone else? The shading seems too smooth, and the lens flares off of the sun look a bit too perfect... Maybe it's the material the capsule is made of?

Re:Is this actually happening? (2)

Sique (173459) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650247)

The capsule is made from polycarbonates, not from metal. Thus it is just bright, not shiny.

Re:Is this actually happening? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650367)

Thanks. It seems inevitable that this type of event will be hoaxed as publicity stunt in the future, when all of the images and information we get about it is "brought to us" by companies like RedBull.

No helmet heat?? (1)

gapagos (1264716) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650195)

Does anyone else recall Felix Baumgartner telling mission control he felt no heating from his helmet?
At that point, the audio was cut from the live stream while we could see the mission control discussing it.

When audio came back about 30 seconds later, neither mission control nor the commentator even mentioned the incident.
Just now, the commentator mentioned that they're "troubleshooting" the issue, not knowing if it was the senor not working or the heating actually not working.

It's around 12C in the capsule, but outside it would be -45C plus wind factor of several hundred km/h. If the heat in his helmet is really not working, I guess they probably will abort the jump?

Re:No helmet heat?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650245)

No it said -45F a few seconds ago. That's nothing really. Here in Minnesota we get that cold every winter and that doesn't stop anyone from being out there for prolonged periods.

If the entire jump lasts less than 10 mins the worst that could happen is he might get some chapped lips and perhaps a touch of frost bite on his nose.

*shrug*

Re:No helmet heat?? (1)

Zocalo (252965) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650253)

According to the live feed it's still being troubleshooted as at 94,000ft, so still no progress. Presumably there are other heaters on the suit that can keep him warm enough during the descent, so the only issue I could see would be if the lack of helmet heating might cause the helmet visor to mist up during descent. There is no talk about aborting the jump at all on the feed, so I'd guess it's not a critical issue.

Re:No helmet heat?? (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650293)

It's around 12C in the capsule, but outside it would be -45C plus wind factor of several hundred km/h. If the heat in his helmet is really not working, I guess they probably will abort the jump?

Well, here's someone who's never lived thru a Wisconsin blizzard. When the weather's like that up here, not only do we not have heated helmets, we have fat guys strip to the waste and body paint a big "G" on their belly to get their picture on TV during football games. Of course that takes about a six pack of beer and our parachutist probably doesn't have a keg up there, or if he does its full of red bull energy drink not Miller. A better comparison would be motorcyclists and everyone up here knows at least one lunatic who goes out riding in the winter (very dangerous due to the loose gravel and road salt, not to mention ice slicks)

NOW HE CAN TELL US WHAT A BUG FEELS LIKE !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650233)

when it hits the windsscreen !! It is not a good day to jump !! It's never a good day to jump !! Don't do it !!

Dreadful commentary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650265)

Absolutely terrible commentary - where did they find this guy?

live map of the fall (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650341)

You can follow where he is live here:

http://blog.cartodb.com/post/33236163160/a-120-000-feet-freefall-jump-live-map-powered-by

or here, if you want the video feed and the map in the same window:

http://jatorre.github.com/stratos/index.html

No server problems if you don't use a server (1)

mrCasual (1136551) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650349)

It's also on The Discovery Channel HD, so you can watch it old school. The broadcast on Discovery is a little in front of the Youtube broadcast, by about 1000 feet of ascent. So, it's like time travelling into the future!!!

Re:No server problems if you don't use a server (2)

mrCasual (1136551) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650385)

On the other hand, there are commercials. The future is a whore.

AN ERROR OCCURRED; PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650465)

Thanks, redbull stratos & youtube.

Seems like some people can watch this, others can't.

Maybe the real story is that Youtube's been slashdotted?

Re:AN ERROR OCCURRED; PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER (2)

Megane (129182) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650649)

FYI, youtube is up to 6.58 million "watching now".

Egress checklist... (2)

malakai (136531) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650539)

That was a bit akward. Not sure if it was a communication issue or nerves, but he was not responding to the request to begin the egress checklist and said something I couldn't hear that definitely didn't sound like confidence. Looks like he eventually pulled it together, and you could hear the relief in the communication managers voice.

Re:Egress checklist... (1)

Megane (129182) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650617)

I think he just forgot to hit the talk switch. Still, he could've been more communicative.

Re:Egress checklist... (1)

jampola (1994582) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650677)

"Still, he could've been more communicative"

You try step out of a balloon at 39km above the earth and try communicate properly! I certainly would've needed many layers of underwear!

Re:Egress checklist... (1)

Megane (129182) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650691)

I meant during the checklist. That's kind of something you don't want to fuck up.

Re:Egress checklist... (2)

malakai (136531) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650681)

I get the sense he didn't have the level of discipline with regards to the checklist procedure as say a military trained pilot or astronaut. He became silent, uncommunicative, and did things out of order. I get the sense this was just a really really tall BASE jump for him. I kept waiting for him to jump out with a hose still attached, because he kept putting the vent hose back in after the checklist told him to remove it.

Famous last word (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650543)

I wonder what he will say to mark the occasion. I opt for "A giant leap for man, a small step for mankind"

this is bullshit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650545)

he's just gonna pussy out again

LAME (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650615)

he didn't break the sound barrier and he didn't beat the longest free fall either. what a fucking asshole. he was 30 mph too slow to break sound and 30 seconds too short on the free fall. what a god damn prick. i never wanna see this dickhead again.

Re:LAME (2)

mrmagos (783752) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650671)

Yeah, what a jerk. He only broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight, highest freefall and fastest freefall. How dare he only break 3 out of 4 records and narrowly miss mach!? Not to mention all the data he collected. But you're right, his guy just seriously needs to go away.

Re:LAME (0)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650729)

he didn't break the sound barrier and he didn't beat the longest free fall either. what a fucking asshole. he was 30 mph too slow to break sound and 30 seconds too short on the free fall. what a god damn prick. i never wanna see this dickhead again.

Uh, he didn't hurt you, or anyone else. He did something he thought was fun, and was harmless. For that, you do nothing but insult him. YOU didn't break the sound barrier. What is your problem?

And he just landed (2)

magic maverick (2615475) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650641)

He's on the ground. It was a successful jump, and the first person has come up to him. It looks like he has the world record, I think it was more than 39 000 meters!

Well done. But hell, bloody scary I'm sure. I'd love to do the parachute stage, but not the free fall.

Was the highest speed at 1176 km/h? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650667)

Was the highest speed at 1176 km/h?

Darn close...

Speed_of_sound 1,236 km/h (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650711)

Forgot to add:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_sound

The speed of sound is the distance travelled during a unit of time by a sound wave propagating through an elastic medium. In dry air at 20 C (68 F), the speed of sound is 343.2 metres per second (1,126 ft/s). This is 1,236 kilometres per hour (768 mph), or about one kilometer in three seconds or approximately one mile in five seconds.

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K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#41650695)

"Baumgartner is ground, and apparently fine(ly)."

I don't get it how this has anything to emergency bailouts from spacecrafts, as the commentator claimed. It's one thing to jump from a stationary balloon, a completely different thing to try to bail out from a vehicle flying in the Mach 5-25 range.

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Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650731)

I thought it was stranger that he seemed to imply that you would just strap this suit on when you're falling out of the sky.

LOL. Single success; double FAIL. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41650727)

He didn't manage to break the sound barrier, nor have the longest free fall.

Can anyone explain, why the hell he pulled the parachute so early? Risk of heating up too much? Risk of otherwise crashing into the ground?
From what I could see... neither. So why?

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