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Old 10-08-2012, 07:34 AM
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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Lives by 'Born to Fly' Mantra

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"Born to Fly" reads the tattoo on 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner's arm. When he steps off the ledge of his capsule Tuesday morning, 120,000 feet above Earth, he will be flying faster than the speed of sound. His body will go from zero to 690 mph in 34 seconds, and he will be supersonic for almost a minute free-falling for 5 minutes and 35 seconds.

"Born to Fly" isn't just his mantra. Baumgartner lives it as a skydiver who has flown across the English Channel and dreamed of even bigger feats. For five years, he has been training with a top-notch team from Red Bull on a project dubbed Stratos Mission from the Edge of Space.

Baumgartner plans to ride in a capsule carried aloft by massive helium filled to 120,000 feet. Only one person has done this before - the legendary Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger in 1960.

The balloon carrying Baumgartner aloft is incredibly large and just as fragile. It can't launch with winds greater than 6 mph, so the team's meteorologist watches, and waits, for fair weather.

If this ambitious mission succeeds, Felix Baumgartner will break several records:

First Human to break the speed of sound in in free-fall (Mach 1 more than 690 mph)
Highest free-fall altitude -120,000 feet (Joe Kittinger hit 105,000 feet in 1960)
Highest manned balloon flight at 120,000 feet (previous record was 113,740 feet in 1961)
Longest free-fall (Baumgartner's team expects 5 minutes, 35 seconds; Kittinger's was 4 minutes, 36 seconds in 1960)
Largest manned balloon in history at 550 feet tall, with a volume of 30 million cubic feet

Red BullFelix Baumgartner of Austria seen during a... View Full Size Red BullFelix Baumgartner of Austria seen during a test jump from a helicopter for Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space to break the speed of sound in freefall, in California City, California, on April 13, 2009.

Dr. Jonathan Clark is the chief medical officer for this effort. He is a former NASA flight surgeon currently with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and can recite the risks of this ride in his sleep. This, he says, is a very hostile environment. "We are using a helium balloon to get to the stratosphere, but to get there we have to transit the death zone."

It is dangerous. Every member of the team acknowledges the threats of extreme cold, extreme temperature fluctuations, the possibility of an uncontrolled flat spin that could hit 220 rpm, drogue chute failure, spacesuit puncture, life support systems failure.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/sky...ry?id=17419984

Do you think that this skydriver will break the sound barrier?
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The countdown has begun. Early Tuesday sky diver Felix Baumgartner is set to step out of a pressurized capsule and free-fall 23 miles (37 kilometers) from the edge of space to the New Mexico desert.

Watch live video coverage here, then tune in to the National Geographic Today
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...ch-live-video/

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I can't wait to see this - theoretically they can break the sound barrier, but I am sure there are many complex explanations as to why everything must be absolutely spot on. I would absolutely love to do a HALO jump, but this is taking it to another extreme, I really hope that he manages to break the sound barrier, and come out of it without any injuries which are a possibility.

He's in some good hands though, the previous record holder Kittinger will be the only one talking to him on the ascent/descent so he's in the best of hands there. I would love to see the view from the stratosphere with my own eyes. It must put things into perspective.
 
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I can't wait to see this - theoretically they can break the sound barrier, but I am sure there are many complex explanations as to why everything must be absolutely spot on. I would absolutely love to do a HALO jump, but this is taking it to another extreme, I really hope that he manages to break the sound barrier, and come out of it without any injuries which are a possibility.

He's in some good hands though, the previous record holder Kittinger will be the only one talking to him on the ascent/descent so he's in the best of hands there. I would love to see the view from the stratosphere with my own eyes. It must put things into perspective.
Here another interesting article: A closer look at "Fearless Felix" free fall
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_1...lix-free-fall/

They are not sure that this fabulous event will take place today, because the wind seams to be to strong.
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http://www.youtube.com/user/redbull?feature=CAgQwRs%3D

1:30 countdown. Best of luck sir, and may your health be with you.
 
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Here is the complete story of this event.

http://www.redbullstratos.com/
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The baloon is claiming up, good luck to Felix
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That was amazing to watch, over 700mph on the clock.
 
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Yep pretty impressive space jump, he did it
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833mph that's Mach 1.24 I believe.
 
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Yep, he broke the sound speed.

Here is the CNN article about the jump:

Skydiver breaks speed of sound in historic jump from edge of space
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/14/us/sky...record-attempt
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Congrats to Felix Baumgartner for his successful jump! (I watched it LIVE on YouTube )



 
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That's amazing. I was planning to catch it live but missed it.

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Funny that a guy with a "Born to Fly" tattoo would set a new record for falling faster than anyone else in history.
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For people that missed the event

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See what Felix Baumgartner saw during his jump

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-...ring-his-jump/

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...6t/Space_Dive/

The documentary behind this - not sure if you guys can get the BBC UK iPlayer but surely you'll know of it's equiv
 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...6t/Space_Dive/

The documentary behind this - not sure if you guys can get the BBC UK iPlayer but surely you'll know of it's equiv
Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only

Cannot play it, sorry
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