Update: RedBull Releases Video of Skydiver Smashing Sound Barrier in 23-Mile Jump

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    Jun 05, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    All you need to do is look at this picture to just imagine how crazy the idea seems:

    felix-baumgartner-red-bull-stratos-jump-

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    Later this summer, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 feet in a pressurized capsule and, wearing only a spacesuit, jump.

    As he plummets 23 miles in the highest skydive ever, Baumgartner will become the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall. That’s the plan, anyway. To even attempt this will expose him to many challenges, including the risk that water in his body could vaporize. But one challenge in particular is foremost in everyone’s mind: What happens when Baumgartner encounters the shock waves that invariably occur when something exceeds the speed of sound?

    No one really knows.

    "Until you do it, it's still an unknown," says Jonathan Clark, the medical director for Red Bull Stratos, the team assembled to help Baumgartner reach his lofty goal.
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    Jun 06, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    I know nothing about physics, but I hope and cross fingers for this fellow's safety.
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    Jun 06, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Omigosh. My partner and I were watching a documentary on early space exploration and one of the earliest guys to go up was Joe Kittinger, who happens to be training this guy who is attempting to break his record. We watched the film of Kittinger going up in this amazing, huge balloon... up and up and up to that point where sky meets space... and then Kittinger opens a small door on the open compartment he is standing in... and steps out into the void.

    My heart stopped. So did my partner's. We both gasped. I did not expect that at all. I expected him to drift back down again, in the balloon, and was never expecting a plunge back to earth.

    I was so amazed I read a book documenting his experience. It's called The Long, Lonely Leap. Amazing. And crazy.
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    Jun 06, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    irony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.
  • Syphon

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    Jun 06, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.
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    Jun 06, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.


    well TECHNICALLY she was doing it on a holodeck and only cuz she was pregnant IIRC.
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.


    well TECHNICALLY she was doing it on a holodeck and only cuz she was pregnant IIRC.


    Wrong. The Dominion had wiped out the Maquis and B'Elanna was all emo about it. So instead of cutting she decided to do crazy shit in the holodeck with the safety settings off.

    I'm such a nerd. ;_;
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    I think that this is going to end badly, from what I remember of the aerodynamics of near-supersonic flight... so much turbulence... this guy may be pummeled by the atmosphere to the point of unconscioiuness.

    Just a hunch... I certainly hope that I'm wrong.
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.


    well TECHNICALLY she was doing it on a holodeck and only cuz she was pregnant IIRC.


    Wrong. The Dominion had wiped out the Maquis and B'Elanna was all emo about it. So instead of cutting she decided to do crazy shit in the holodeck with the safety settings off.

    I'm such a nerd. ;_;



    YOU'RE a nerd? Hell, i'm pissed off i got it wrong!
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.


    well TECHNICALLY she was doing it on a holodeck and only cuz she was pregnant IIRC.


    Wrong. The Dominion had wiped out the Maquis and B'Elanna was all emo about it. So instead of cutting she decided to do crazy shit in the holodeck with the safety settings off.

    I'm such a nerd. ;_;


    Nothing like a nerd to get my gears going! more nerds!icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:19 AM GMT
    Dude...he's gonna die.
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:34 AM GMT
    He already did a trial-jump in whichnhe didn't break the sound barrier.
    I'm really worried that he's not going to be able to accelerate fast enough(wondering how he thinks he's going to do that) when he's supposed to get faster than sound :/
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    Jun 06, 2012 9:06 AM GMT
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    Best of luck?
    I don't understand how he is going to make it, but hope he does.
  • Karl

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    Jun 06, 2012 9:26 AM GMT
    wow this is great but Im so scared icon_confused.gif
    Hope he'll be fine and make a good job !
  • Syphon

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    Jun 08, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Syphon said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidirony, this is a popular extreme sport in the future of the Star Trek universe.


    Tr00f. A great activity for those angsty days stranded in the Delta Quadrant.


    well TECHNICALLY she was doing it on a holodeck and only cuz she was pregnant IIRC.


    Wrong. The Dominion had wiped out the Maquis and B'Elanna was all emo about it. So instead of cutting she decided to do crazy shit in the holodeck with the safety settings off.

    I'm such a nerd. ;_;



    YOU'RE a nerd? Hell, i'm pissed off i got it wrong!


    Well, don't feel bad. I've seen every Voyager episode multiple times.
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    Jun 08, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    ... But one challenge in particular is foremost in everyone’s mind: What happens when Baumgartner encounters the shock waves that invariably occur when something exceeds the speed of sound?
    ...
    Nothing. The speed of sound depends on the density of the air. The air at that altitude is so thin that he won't be anywhere near the speed of sound. By the time he's reached denser air, he will have slowed enough to remain well below the speed of sound.

    /nerdgasm
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    Jul 15, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    i think it is beautiful on many levels..... a wonderful adventure!!! go buddy go, rather do something spectacular like this than sit around wondering "what if??"
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    Jul 15, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidSkydiver Aims to Smash Record.....


    ....and also his face. Hope he has his will prepared.
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Success! He did it:

    http://news.yahoo.com/skydiver-felix-baumgartner-completes-17-mile-dive-134525786--abc-news-tech.html
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    Jul 25, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    BRIX saidSuccess! He did it:

    http://news.yahoo.com/skydiver-felix-baumgartner-completes-17-mile-dive-134525786--abc-news-tech.html
    Awesome! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Litmop

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    Jul 25, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    He's sortve a hottie with a killer physique too!
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    Oct 16, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    Amazing.

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/pov-red-bull-stratos-jump/

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    Oct 16, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    More here:
    http://www.redbullstratos.com/