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Spacediver Makes Jump From 13 Miles Above Earth's Surface - March 20, 2012, 06:56 PM

Makes HALO jumps look like jump from your bed onto the floor.

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Skydiving superstar Felix Baumgartner rode a pressurized capsule to the dizzying altitude of 71,580 feet this morning, paused to admire the curvature of the Earth and then … jumped.

That’s when things got really wild.

“Fearless Felix” reached 364.4 mph — more than 534 feet per second — during a freefall that reportedly lasted 3 minutes and 43 seconds. Then he pulled the cord on his parachute and landed safely 30 miles from Roswell, New Mexico at 9:50 a.m. All told, he spent 8 minutes and 8 seconds falling to earth, according to the folks at Red Bull Stratos, the name of the project.

“I wanted to open the parachute after descending for a while, but I noticed that I was still at an altitude of 50,000 feet,” Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner is only the third person in history to have jumped from such a height. As amazing as it was, the leap from 13.5 miles was but a test run for his truly insane plan for a record-setting stratospheric skydive later this summer from 23 miles up.

Reaching that altitude is almost as impressive as falling from it.

Baumgartner's capsule dangled beneath this 165-foot-tall balloon as it rose to 13.5 miles. Photo: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

To get so high, Baumgartner, an experienced skydiver and BASE jumper with more than 2,500 jumps under his belt, rode in a pressurized capsule dangling from a 165-foot-high helium balloon. The point of today’s jump was to test the capsule, his pressurized suit and other systems.

The ascent, jump and landing took 1 hour and 40 minutes. It all went off without a hitch, though Baumgartner said it was just a bit cold at that attitude — more than 75 degrees below zero.

“I could hardly move my hands,” he said. “We’re going to have to do some work on that aspect.”

Baumgartner, 42, expects to break the sound barrier and freefall for at least 5.5 minutes when he jumps from 120,000 feet. Should he succeed, Baumgartner will eclipse the record Joe Kittinger, a retired Air Force colonel from Florida, has held since jumping from 102,800 feet (19.5 miles) in 1960.

Kittinger, 83, has been a mentor to Baumgartner and is among his chief advisers, along with a former NASA flight director and an engineer who worked on the B-2 bomber.

“Felix, you’re going to have one heck of a view when you step out of that door,” Kittinger told Baumgartner before the flight. “Enjoy the experience.”

Only Kittinger and Russia’s Eugene Andreev have jumped from heights greater than 13.5 miles, and both men made their dives in the 1960s. Red Bull Stratos hopes to break three other records that have been on the books for more than 50 years. They include the highest manned balloon flight, the first person to break the speed of sound in freefall and the longest freefall.

Baumgartner plans another test run, from 90,000 feet, before attempting The Big One this summer. The launch window is open from July through October.

“This test serves as the perfect motivation for the team for the next step,” he said.









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March 20, 2012, 06:59 PM

I am !@#$ing green with envy. That is cool. Why not me...hahah
I'm going to be working toward my A-license this summer doing AFF, with the eventual goal of HAHO from about 25-30k. In the 5-10 years it will take me, I will never do something as cool as this.
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I am !@#$ing green with envy. That is cool. Why not me...hahah
I'm going to be working toward my A-license this summer doing AFF, with the eventual goal of HAHO from about 25-30k. In the 5-10 years it will take me, I will never do something as cool as this.
You're doing HALOs at 30K ft, which is already considered the edge of where you want to safely jump from, and he's doing them at heights that the Blackbird used to fly.
Insane.



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Amazing.

I can only imagine the beauty and sheer awe of the view from those heights.
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That suit had to get a bit warm on the fall....



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I'm very jelly... here is Kittinger's jump that still holds the record as of this moment.




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Holy shit man! 3min+ free fall!? I like how he said he fell for a while and wanted to pull his chute before realizing he was still at 50k feet! Hahaha!


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Holy shit man! 3min+ free fall!? I like how he said he fell for a while and wanted to pull his chute before realizing he was still at 50k feet! Hahaha!
Bohdi and Utah would only be halfway down after three minutes.


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what if he misses America and lands in Mexico!?!?
We should just send him places to end wars "Alright everybody...I'm Jesus. I've returned...now stop what you are doing. It's not cool"


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Bohdi and Utah would only be halfway down after three minutes.

Hahaha!

You're about to jump out a perfectly good airplane Jonny, how do you feel about that?

A great classic. Up there with Top Gun. Ok, not really, but it IS a great classic.


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I say that if nothing went wrong then it was too easy. BTW, does anyone know if the GoPro has a minimum temperature and atmospheric pressure requirement? Cause that's the footage I'm waiting for.
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Holy shit man! 3min+ free fall!? I like how he said he fell for a while and wanted to pull his chute before realizing he was still at 50k feet! Hahaha!
Man, I get bored after 1 min of free fall if I'm just falling - I can totally understand why he'd want to pull by 50k ft! Now 3 min+ of free fall in a wing suit alongside big puffy white clouds is a completely different story!


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