Man attempts to break the sound barrier by jumping from 120,000ft

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  • Dougs 9 Oct 2012 11:02:28 69,464 posts
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    This can only end badly:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19860249
  • Zomoniac 9 Oct 2012 11:04:43 7,974 posts
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    Well he does have a very big pressurised spacesuit, an air supply and a parachute. Assuming the gear holds out I'd have thought the risk would be fairly minimal. I know the air is nigh on existent at that height but surely that's the point of the suit?
  • TheSaint 9 Oct 2012 11:09:42 14,826 posts
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    I guess if it all goes wrong then he can at least make his mark as the second most famous autopsy in Roswell.
  • X201 9 Oct 2012 11:13:26 15,727 posts
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    There's a 20 seconds delay on the webcast, just in case.
  • sport 9 Oct 2012 11:15:07 12,808 posts
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    Gonna be so cool when he speaks and he can't hear anything.
  • oceanmotion 9 Oct 2012 11:21:00 16,121 posts
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    He has done test runs very high up so I think he will achieve his goal. Just has to stay steady and not go into a spin like the current holder who got his parachute wrapped around himself.

    The view looks amazing. Would love to experience that first hand. I always imagined views from space, near space would make people see the world in a different light, no wars!
  • JuanKerr 9 Oct 2012 11:27:55 36,442 posts
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    If Joe Kittinger managed 102,000 feet in 1960, I'm sure this should go according to plan with today's technology.

    Looking forward to seeing it, should be incredible.

    Edited by JuanKerr at 11:28:28 09-10-2012
  • glaeken 9 Oct 2012 11:29:51 11,261 posts
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    It sounds cool not sure about the first man to break the sound barrier claim though as I am sure Joe Kittinger broke the sound barrier on his jump. I guess it depends on just what they are calling the speed of sound as I think Kittinger got up to 614Mph which is slower than this dive but still fast enough to break the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere.

    Edit: Ok did a bit more reading and it seems Kittinger did not break the sound barrier. Although the speed of sound is lower in the upper atmosphere from the height he jumped it's still about 680Mph.

    Edited by glaeken at 11:33:29 09-10-2012
  • Saucy 9 Oct 2012 11:36:39 2,614 posts
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    I'm sure Red Bull wouldn't want their logo splashed all over the equipment if they weren't absolutely convinced it would be successful.
  • Benno 9 Oct 2012 11:37:42 10,268 posts
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    http://www.redbullstratos.com/live
  • JuanKerr 9 Oct 2012 11:38:54 36,442 posts
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    On the subject of people doing mental stuff, have a read about John Stapp - he is a bit of a legend.

    Check out his rocket sled test at about 2:00. Mental.

    Edited by JuanKerr at 11:39:13 09-10-2012
  • localnotail 9 Oct 2012 12:00:54 23,093 posts
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    Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die...

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • MikeP 9 Oct 2012 12:02:58 2,074 posts
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    I'm voting there will be an incredibly random event, like a bird strike at 600 mph or something.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • sport 9 Oct 2012 12:11:56 12,808 posts
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    The real question is, if no energy can enter or escape the pressure suit, will he weigh less after the jump?
  • spindizzy 9 Oct 2012 12:21:27 6,608 posts
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    Er, what?
  • sport 9 Oct 2012 12:26:53 12,808 posts
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    I'm just wondering if there would be a corresponding amount of (I assume) moisture in the suit to counterbalance the weight loss.
  • fletch7100 9 Oct 2012 12:28:38 7,446 posts
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    Or forget the parachute. Have a giant trampoline he has to land on
  • localnotail 9 Oct 2012 12:29:39 23,093 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    Er, what?
    You might know the answer to this.

    Also, the second rule of EG Club is "Never take sport seriously".

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • elstoof 9 Oct 2012 12:30:39 8,301 posts
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    Hasn't everyone who's attempted a higher jump since Kittingers record died in the process?
  • heyyo 9 Oct 2012 12:30:49 14,369 posts
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    Good for him.
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    Felix Bumgardener.
  • sport 9 Oct 2012 12:35:36 12,808 posts
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    fletch7100 wrote:
    Have a giant trampoline he has to land on
    This would be a very bad idea. As every action has an equal and opposite reaction, he would bounce back up to the helium balloon. And unless he managed to grab on, he would fall again. In essence, he would be in permanent freefall and bounceback.




    @local - ssshhhhhhhhhhhh
  • oceanmotion 9 Oct 2012 12:38:05 16,121 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    On the subject of people doing mental stuff, have a read about John Stapp - he is a bit of a legend.

    Check out his rocket sled test at about 2:00. Mental.
    Oh man, his eyes. Ouch. Dust particles through his suit too.



    Climbing a transmission tower. Nice view.
  • elstoof 9 Oct 2012 12:39:56 8,301 posts
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    I wonder if he'll chicken out and slowly slide his bum off the edge, then on his elbows before finally letting go like a when you climb a tree aged 10.
  • Whizzo 9 Oct 2012 12:42:44 43,342 posts
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    He's going to go so fast he'll break the space time continuum and crash into Roswell in 1947.

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  • smoothpete 9 Oct 2012 12:45:01 31,812 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    On the subject of people doing mental stuff, have a read about John Stapp - he is a bit of a legend.

    Check out his rocket sled test at about 2:00. Mental.
    John Stapp is an absolute legend. His Bad Ass of the Week page is worth a read.

    Deceleration was his main interest:

    "He went from 632 miles an hour to a dead stop in 1.4 seconds." which is 43 Gs. Forty fucking three Gs.

    Also invented the phrase Murphy's Law!
  • sport 9 Oct 2012 12:47:22 12,808 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    He's going to go so fast he'll break the space time continuum and crash into Roswell in 1947.
    Hope he closes his loop.
  • neilka 9 Oct 2012 13:05:00 16,522 posts
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    I'm sure I've broken the sound barrier the morning after a particulary characterful vindaloo.

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • JuanKerr 9 Oct 2012 13:11:13 36,442 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    JuanKerr wrote:
    On the subject of people doing mental stuff, have a read about John Stapp - he is a bit of a legend.

    Check out his rocket sled test at about 2:00. Mental.
    John Stapp is an absolute legend. His Bad Ass of the Week page is worth a read.

    Deceleration was his main interest:

    "He went from 632 miles an hour to a dead stop in 1.4 seconds." which is 43 Gs. Forty fucking three Gs.

    Also invented the phrase Murphy's Law!
    That bloke had balls of fucking steel.

    His last words before riding this thing [the rocket sled] for the first time were, "I assure you, I am not looking forward to this".

    :D

    Edited by JuanKerr at 13:11:54 09-10-2012
  • President_Weasel 9 Oct 2012 13:11:45 9,656 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    It sounds cool not sure about the first man to break the sound barrier claim though as I am sure Joe Kittinger broke the sound barrier on his jump. I guess it depends on just what they are calling the speed of sound as I think Kittinger got up to 614Mph which is slower than this dive but still fast enough to break the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere.

    Edit: Ok did a bit more reading and it seems Kittinger did not break the sound barrier. Although the speed of sound is lower in the upper atmosphere from the height he jumped it's still about 680Mph.
    I'd been wondering the same thing about this - I'm sure I'd heard Kittinger's jump (which was a spectacular piece of ballsy "we've sort of got the technology to achieve this, LET'S GO!" 1960sness) had broken the speed of sound.
    Even though he apparently didn't, it was still hells of cool.
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