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Red Bull Stratos - a jump from 120,000 feet above the earth

Discussion in 'General Skydiving Discussions' started by Margit, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    Speed record for fastest free fall!

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  2. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    Already 4 minutes free fall!
  3. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    The parachute has opened after 4 minutes 19 seconds.

    Of course his family is watching too:
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  4. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    And a safe landing! Congratulation Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull!!!

    Aerospace history!

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  5. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    3 new world records:
    • Altitude record for managed balloon flight
    • The highest jump from more than 128,000 feet
    • Speed record for fastest free fall: 729 mph or 1173 km/h
    The only record he wasn't able to break is Kittingers record for the longest free fall because Baumgartner was falling too fast.
  6. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

  7. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    A video of the mission highlights:

  8. teamrose

    teamrose New Member

    Can anyone explain why this guy didn't become unconscious flying through the air at 800 miles per hour? Or why the speed didn't rip his limbs off?

    Or why it didn't raise his blood pressure?
  9. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    You wont become unconscious at this speed, that's just the same when traveling in a plane. He had a pressure suit and helmet protecting him from low temperatur and providing oxygen.

    The most difficult phase was when he started spinning and this was also the only time when he nearly lost consciousness :(
  10. teamrose

    teamrose New Member

    Wow, just wow. That link explaining the pressure suit is really interesting. I wondered what would happen if he became unconscious and couldn't pull the rip cord. It says that suit is so advanced, you don't even have to pull the cord. I was reading the jump cost $10 million. Now is that just because that was the first jump of its type, or will future sound breaking jumps be as expensive?
  11. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    I don't believe $10 million are enough for such a project, I expect it more to be in the $50 million range. The project started in 2005, the suite had to be developed by a company and so many were involved...
  12. Margit

    Margit Moderator Staff Member

    A spectacular new video: see the jump through Baumgartners eyes:

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