HE CAME FROM – OUTER SPACE

September 10, 2012 5:19 pm 15 comments Views: 274

Next stop: the edge of space.

Just when you thought, “what could someone think of next for a stunt.”

How about a fantastic leap from outer space and plunge at a speed exceeding sound actually absorbing heat from the friction of air molecules ? Imagine creating a sonic boom with just your body. Think of the dynamics of air pressure, the sensation of speed and sound that you would experience.

Ponder an equipment failure and your blood boils out of your body.

Well apparently one thrill seeker has taken this challenge.

This adventurer’s name is Felix Baumgartner and here is his story to fame.

Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner has successfully jumped from from 96,640 feet (29,455 meters) from a custom balloon — the last test required before his planned 23-mile free-fall from the edge of space can take place.

On that jump, Baumgarther will achieve supersonic speeds.

The test jump, completed Wednesday morning over Roswell, N.M., involved 3:48 minutes of free fall leading up to a 10 minute and 36 seconds decent. A spokesman for the Red Bull Stratos event, as the jump has been branded, could not provide additional details on the 17-mile leap.

“It felt completely different at 90,000 feet,” Baumgartner told the AP. “There is no control when you exit the capsule. There is no way to get stable.”

Baumgartner’s test jump had been tentatively set for Mon., July 23, following a review of nine years of local weather data. But two days of storm clouds led to the two-day delay.

In compliance with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the Red Bull Stratos team could not launch the balloon if skies were half overcast or if the horizontal visibility was less than 3 miles.

‘One mile every 5 seconds — this is how fast you travel at supersonic speed.’
– Felix Baumgartner

The final jump — an attempt to break the record of 102,800 feet for the highest altitude free-fall set in 1960 — will take place “shortly after the completion of the final manned test jump,” the team said.

On that leap, Baumgartner’s custom-spacesuit-wrapped body will travel faster than the speed of sound.

“One mile every 5 seconds — this is how fast you travel at supersonic speed,” Baumgartner had explained earlier, somewhat astonished himself at that particular measurement of how quickly he will be falling from the heavens.

“It’s hard to believe it, if you put it that way, but I love it,” added the 43-year-old adventurer, who is looking forward to the historic jump that will also collect important data for the advancement of medical science. “Will I break the sound barrier this summer? We think it’s possible, and I’m putting everything into making it happen.”

With air temperatures of -70 degrees Fahrenheit, his very blood would boil if exposed to the air. To do it at all requires a custom supersonic spacesuit, designed by the David Clark Co., which made the first such pressurized suits to protect World War II fighters during high-speed maneuvers.

Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner has successfully jumped from from 96,640 feet off a custom balloon — the last test required before his planned 23-mile free-fall from the edge of space can take place.

Here is some very rare film footage of the World Record Free Fall Leap by Kittinger from 52yrs ago. It’s documented to be in excess of a 102,000 foot plunge to Earth.

What do you think of his preparations ?

How do you access his chances for completing the stunt ?

Is Red Bull achieving a marketing win ?

Would you try this ?

Terry Allen, Science contributor

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