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Fearless Felix Breaks The World's Record.......

Skydiver lands safely after 24-mile leap to Earth

Quote:ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record-breaking feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive.

Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission's control center in Roswell, N.M.

It was the highest-ever jump for a skydiver, though it wasn't immediately certain whether Baumgartner had broken the speed of sound during his free-fall, which was one of the goals of the mission. Organizers said the descent lasted for just over nine minutes, about half of it in free-fall.

Will he use a surfboard on the next trip?
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John: you have done skydiving, and I was wondering what would Felix Baumgartner feel when that parachute opened? I mean he was going at 833.9 mph! Shock Does the suit absorb a lot of that? Special parachute? It seems to me that would be murder to your body.
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(10-14-2012, 05:40 PM)Grizzly Wrote: John: you have done skydiving, and I was wondering what would Felix Baumgartner feel when that parachute opened? I mean he was going at 833.9 mph! Shock Does the suit absorb a lot of that? Special parachute? It seems to me that would be murder to your body.

Grizz, it is assumed he broke the speed of sound easily. But perhaps he really didn't, with the atmosphere up there being so thin that the sound barrier in a thin atmosphere would have been increased much higher than he was traveling. I'm not certain of the official rules governing all that. But clearly he was traveling very fast, due to almost no atmosphere to create resistance.

But as gravity pulled him closer to the earth's crust, the atmosphere became thicker, and air resistance slowed him down until he was only doing about 110-130 mph. Once you reach a certain lower elevation it is impossible to go over certain speeds. You just cannot go faster, due to atmospheric resistance.

So, by the time he 'popped out' the tug on the canopy would have been like any other opening. Every time you open up your main chute, you feel a tug, but it is not all that much because the main canopy deploys a bit slowly and cushions the jolt. Even the newer ParaSails still offer comfort, although I always jumped with a ThunderBow, which was a modified ParaCommander, that looked like an arrowhead.

Now, reserve canopies,..........that's a different story. If you deploy your reserve, the opening is quick and sudden. You can always tell one from the other, because the reserve is not all that smooth. Its not designed for comfort. Its designed to save your life, if you ever need it. They are smaller than regular canopies, faster acting, and once you use it, you have to have a certified rigger repack it for you.

Mine was a piggyback reserve, located on top of my Thunderbow, and the "D" ring was a bit higher up than the "D" ring for the main canopy. The very first time I did a five second delay(you have to start out a little at a time), in my excitement, I pulled the wrong "D" ring and deployed the wrong canopy. It was quite a jolt back to reality for me.

But in answer to your question of speed, unless he deployed Waaaaaaay up there, which I doubt because he would be sailing all day long, he was at terminal velocity of just 110-130 mph depending on his position, which is pretty fast if you consider things relative. It would still kill you due to Deceleration Trauma, even going at that speed. And remember, when you come in to the target zone, you are still doing about 13mph on your main canopy, unless you apply braking at the last second.
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The thin atmosphere gave little bite to the drougue-chute. As the atmosphere thickened, the chute would gradually gain more purchase until it would be overpowered by the stress and be cutaway for a regular chute. Or a series of chutes.

If I was doing this, I would want a parafoil at the end - because I'd like to steer a bit and come down somewhere near humanity.
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Here is something interesting, and totally significant for the future. What is the main significance of this jump, and what does it portend for the future?

Two things as I see it: First, nobody in government actually paid for any of this at all. Red Bull footed the bill, so who needs NASA, right?

But most important of all, are the numbers. Over eight million people watched this event live,...........on Youtube, not on TV. Having that many people loading up a signal, this means in the future the internet will be more than capable of hosting numbers that have been unheard of before.

So, if you are on network television, be afraid. Be very afraid, because you are no longer needed, and soon perhaps no longer wanted.
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