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General Chat Thread, Felix Baumgartner in General; The tech behind Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric skydive...
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    It was a great thing to see - show's how hardy humans are, and how good we are with engineering problems! However, 'the edge of space'? It wasn't though was it? The FAI has the Kármán line at about 100km. The USA has the edge of space at about 80km. He went up to about 39km.

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    The reason he didn't beat the free fall record is due to him deploying his parachute too early which is a shame.

    The achievement of going 800mph+ is pretty awesome too!

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    Felix took his cat up with him?




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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravo View Post
    The reason he didn't beat the free fall record is due to him deploying his parachute too early which is a shame.

    The achievement of going 800mph+ is pretty awesome too!
    He had to pull it though as he said he was going to pass out, i'd rather him pull it early than make a crater in the desert floor below. Besides, now he has the opportunity to do it again and try and beat that record. It was truly an awesome feat!

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    A graphic showing the stages of the ascent/descent [also compares stages to previous jump]


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    I thought his timer stopped working so he had to estimate the length of the free-fall.

    after the jump he tweeted "I just jumped from the edge of space what did you do today?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    after the jump he tweeted "I just jumped from the edge of space what did you do today?"
    Watched him.

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    Watched the HD YouTube feed on the big plasma telly in the mancave, sat in my leather armchair with my daughter on my lap... pretty awesome times

    How annoying must it have been when his visor heating failed and it started to fog up though - you're in the midst of the highest freefall dive ever and you can't see anything for the mist on your helmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyroman View Post
    He had to pull it though as he said he was going to pass out, i'd rather him pull it early than make a crater in the desert floor below. Besides, now he has the opportunity to do it again and try and beat that record. It was truly an awesome feat!
    Had he passed out at anytime or have been incapable of deploying his reserve would have been automatically deployed allthough not something you want to rely on for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Watched the HD YouTube feed on the big plasma telly in the mancave, sat in my leather armchair with my daughter on my lap... pretty awesome times

    How annoying must it have been when his visor heating failed and it started to fog up though - you're in the midst of the highest freefall dive ever and you can't see anything for the mist on your helmet
    Couldn't get the Youtube feed on mine so had to resort ot watching on laptop with eldest instead then afterwards found it had been showing on the bbc news channel I think.

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    found this while looking for more infographics

    Felix Baumgartner-red-bull-stratos-vs-sitting-particularly-unsteady-bench_5076afea3db8f.jpg

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    Bbc2 programme on now.

    Ben

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    ...Space Dive features footage, which until now has been kept closely under wraps, from cameras attached to Felix, as he broke through the sound barrier...
    Edit: Hadn't realised that this was the program that was referenced by the post by @plexer [above]

    I didn't see it when it was broadcast on Sunday [didn't even see it trailed]
    Last edited by DaveP; 6th November 2012 at 08:11 PM. Reason: Add detail to the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Bbc2 programme on now.

    Ben
    I felt terrified for him while I was watching it... probably more scared than I was when I watched the actual jump live

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