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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:27 pm

columbia wrote:I just about puked when he jumped.


The question is.... did he?
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby bhaw on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:44 pm

any video up yet? Missed it while we were out shopping.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby DudeMan2766 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:06 pm

haha Evil Shero retweeted from someone "New Diver Rankings: 1. Felix Baumgartner #2. Sidney Crosby.


This lockout makes me even miss the whiner, diver complaints.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Froggy on Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:17 pm

bhaw wrote:any video up yet? Missed it while we were out shopping.

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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby OutofFoil on Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:47 pm

Watched it while having dinner in Leoben, Austria near where he is from. It was pretty cool. The whole restaurant stopped, went to the bar and watched/cheered as he did it. The reaction here when he landed was incredible. Never seen a whole restaurant just stop like that. Awesome experience.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby DudeMan2766 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:15 pm

For some reason I wasn't all Holy **** :shock: when I was watching it, but as the day goes on and I keep thinking about it, HOLY **** :shock:
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Gaucho on Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:35 pm

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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Lt. Dish on Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:00 pm

He did it! Wow!
Image

So incredible to watch.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Tomas on Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:16 pm

Godric wrote:people are all bummed he didn't break the free fall record.... he was accelerating for a longer time maybe thats why?


I don't know how much of a difference it would have made (though I'd be eager to know if any of the LGP physicists can answer that), but Baumgartner deployed the parachute at ~1,500 meters (4,900 feet), while the actual record holder, Evgeny Andreev (1962 attempt,) waited until 960 meters (3,150 ft.). Andreev beat Baumgartner by 10 seconds. Interestingly, Andreev was freefalling from only 25,500 m.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby blackjack68 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:42 pm

Congrats to Felix.

Still gotta give crazy props to Joe Kittinger. Look at all the technological advances we've had since the 1960s when he did his jump.

(Conspiracy Theory Alert: I think they had a deal to not break Joe's freefall record so there would be something to shoot for next time.)
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby DudeMan2766 on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:50 pm

This guy was topping speeds over 700 mph. Pretty much just him and what he was wearing. Not in a car/shuttle/capsule/whatever. Just him. Unreal.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Tomas on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:14 am

blackjack68 wrote:Congrats to Felix.

Still gotta give crazy props to Joe Kittinger. Look at all the technological advances we've had since the 1960s when he did his jump.

(Conspiracy Theory Alert: I think they had a deal to not break Joe's freefall record so there would be something to shoot for next time.)


I don't think Joe Kittinger owns the freefall record, because he jumped with a drone parachute.

The actual freefall record belongs (since 1962) to this guy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Andreev (he indeed jumped without any stabilization chute). As I wrote above, Andreev actually opened his parachute about 1/3 mile closer to the ground compared to Baumgartner. I have, sadly, forgotten almost all my physics education, but since the Baumgartner's chute was designed to be opened when his speed was no higher than 170 mph, provided that he would have kept the same speed (and I am not sure he would), during the 1/3 miles extra freefall, he would have traveled extra 0.33/170*3600 = 7 seconds. Andreev's actual freefall time beat Baumgartner's time by 10 seconds.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby blackjack68 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:50 am

My bad, was looking at this article. Must be a typo in there.

http://apnews.excite.com/article/201210 ... MM8G3.html
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby columbia on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:23 pm

Felix Baumgartner's headcam captures space dive freefall
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/spac ... efall.html
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby DelPen on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:50 pm

I'm amazed he nailed the landing zone. People were there within seconds to help him.

The oxygen countdown really put things into perspetive, if he doesn't get to land in under 10 minutes he would pretty much be dead.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby mac5155 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:51 pm

Holy theory of relativity batman. It looks like he isnt even moving. yet he's going like 700 MPH.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby steelhammer on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:54 pm

DelPen wrote:I'm amazed he nailed the landing zone. People were there within seconds to help him.

The oxygen countdown really put things into perspetive, if he doesn't get to land in under 10 minutes he would pretty much be dead.


He needed the oxygen during the free fall because there was little oxygen in the air (plus the temperature, pressure, etc.). Once he got out of free fall (6000 ft in this instance?), he could have breathed on his own.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby mac5155 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:56 pm

I feel like the people that were there were hovering in a helicopter and basically following him.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Mr. Colby on Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:59 pm

Yeah the chopper was following him, thats how they got the video footage when he reached like 5,000 sf
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:02 pm

I wonder how the sensation of free falling that fast compares to the guys like Ed White who did the tethered space walks, since technically someone doing a space walk is falling at around 16,000mph. They just keep falling in a circle.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Mr. Colby on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:04 pm

I was under that impression that when that high up in the stratosphere, you don't even feel like you're falling, it's almost more like swimming through the air
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Godric on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:06 pm

Mr. Colby wrote:I was under that impression that when that high up in the stratosphere, you don't even feel like you're falling, it's almost more like swimming through the air


No. There isn't virtually any air up there. So you virtually don't experience any wind resistance.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:07 pm

Virtually
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby Godric on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:10 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Virtually


I'm being really lazy today. leave me be.
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Re: Red Bull Stratos

Postby jf on Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:05 pm

833.9 mph . Wow , just wow.
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