Red Bull STRATOS Jump

After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

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+9 1. Gondy10 commented 10 years ago

According to news, he gained 700 miles/hour downfall after 35 seconds after the jump.. :O
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+75 2. ozmasood commented 10 years ago

One small jump for man, and one GIANT marketing campaign for Redbull.
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+17 3. samxgx commented 10 years ago

I am willing to do the same thing over and over if sponsors are willing to pay for it :)

BTW: someone once said: you don't need a parachute to skydive. you only need a parachute to skydive twice
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+6 4. fjwjr commented 10 years ago

All the news keeps saying that he broke the sound barrier. While there's no doubt that he was traveling faster than the speed of sound, breaking the sound barrier is different. Does anyone know if he actually did that?
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+25 5. sartre commented 10 years ago

I watched this live. This is really cool.

#2 - these things cost a lot of money, so no complaints from me for the fact that it was commercially sponsored. NASA wasn't willing to pay for it. Are you aware that the jump was extremely useful from a scientific point of view? This may be the way astronauts return from low earth orbits in future emergency situations.

PS: I found this funny from Matt Bors which you may like:

And this: :D
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+9 6. irishgek commented 10 years ago

And a footballer falls from 0ft and cant get back up off the ground ...amazing stuff :P
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+8 7. Geekster (admin) commented 10 years ago

Some quotes remain in history forever....

-Neil Armstrong: " One small step for man, one giant step for mankind"

-Felix Baumgartner: " wobowosz kawaskkasksf asdfasdfaar wooz kashasdashh watshm "

if you know what I mean :D
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+1 8. Cyrille commented 10 years ago

#4 And what is the difference ?
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+3 9. dogfish commented 10 years ago

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data," Baumgartner said after Sunday's jump. "The only thing you want is to come back alive."
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+5 10. millybert69 commented 10 years ago

Number 4

.1,116.4 ft/s

• 340.3 m/s

• 761.2 mph

• 1,225.1 km/h
is the speed barrier
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+4 11. Urihep commented 10 years ago

What goes up, must come down. Including people.
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+6 12. Awaits commented 10 years ago

considering the Joe Kittinger was the only one on radio with Baumgartner the whole time, Joe's feels could be... very interesting. to administer a guy who is gonna tear his own records apart. and considering all the training, technology and safety stuff Felix had, apart from his own equipment back in 60ties. Kittinger, you rule! both of you!
I watched it all live, awesome, my time was well spent.
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+6 13. 4megetbanjo commented 10 years ago

Well #10, this may be true at certain conditions, however, the temperature and air density should also be concidered
I'd rather say less than 1100 km/h
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+5 14. rufinus commented 10 years ago

#13 in this altitude and with the temperature meassured it is slightly above 1100 km/h but not much.
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+4 15. sux2bu commented 10 years ago

While vehicles in space go much faster than supersonic vehicles travel through the air, you can't really call this "breaking the sound barrier," because that term really means, going faster than the LOCAL speed of sound. Since there's no sound in space,(since there is no medium of air) there isn't any local speed of sound there, so the phrase "breaking the sound barrier" doesn't really apply in space.
Kittinger still holds the record for the longest freefall.
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0 16. millybert69 commented 10 years ago

lol sod it then not much of a differnce init dont reali trust wiki facts(me personaly) but hes one fact im never gunna break the speed of sound so fair play to this crazy mofo
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+2 17. Natan_el_Tigre commented 10 years ago

Poor helium. :'(
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+5 19. fjwjr commented 10 years ago

#8 and #10 There is a difference between traveling faster than sound and breaking the sound barrier. Pretty much everything in space is traveling faster than sound. However, there is no air to create the pressure wave of a sonic boom.
My question is if there was enough air when he was traveling past the speed of sound to create that pressure wave and break the sound barrier.
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+4 20. FootballMadMan commented 10 years ago

RedBull gives you wings >:)
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0 21. millybert69 commented 10 years ago

god sake clues in the title hes jumping from the edge of space not from space and IV NOT said ther was i was simply saying ther wasnt much difference between my answer and number 13s
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+2 22. sux2bu commented 10 years ago

#21 Is english your native tongue? If so ...did you drop out of school?
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+2 23. MindTreat commented 10 years ago

You know, people today train to get something, a medal, money, status, or other relatively insignificant things. Kittinger did it back then, simply because he was curious for the sake of human kind, if it was possible. Helping Felix break his own record is something far greater than just himself having a record in a book, it was about pushing limits, see how far we really can go, together as humans...