Felix Baumgartner high altitude skydive

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In summary, a man named Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break the record for the highest free fall from 37km above the Earth's surface. The current record is held by Joe Kittinger at 31.3km. Baumgartner has already completed a successful test jump from 13.6 miles and is aiming for 23 miles this summer. He is using a pressurized suit and has caught the attention of NASA. Baumgartner's team includes advisers such as Kittinger and a former NASA flight director. The RedBullStratos page provides more information about the project.
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natasha d
hes attempting to break a record for the highest free fall (37km from the Earth's surface)
heres a link to a site about Joe Kittinger (who holds the current record at 31.3km)
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Baumgartner lifted off Thursday[March 15] for a test jump from Roswell, N.M., aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet — 13.6 miles — and then jumped. He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen.

He's aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles.
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He's caught NASA's attention, even though space officially begins much higher at an even 100 kilometers, 328,084 feet or 62 miles.

Kittinger is now 83 and one of Baumgartner's chief advisers. A former NASA flight director directs the medical team: Dr. Jonathan Clark, whose astronaut wife, Laurel, was killed aboard space shuttle Columbia in 2003. The accident led Clark to become an expert in spacecraft emergency escape.
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Some video on BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17410044

Video of Roswell jump

RedBullStratos page - http://www.redbullstratos.com/
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Danger said:
You just did...
yea.. i kinda did.
I think i should start another one: how does one delete a pointless thread in PF?
its just that the idea of throwing yourself to Earth at 37km with nothing but a pressure suit (and a parachute that only opens when you break the sound barrier) seems fantastic
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Astronuc said:
RedBullStratos page - http://www.redbullstratos.com/
nice link, thanks!

The uninflated suit, without the helmet and visor, weighs approximately 28 pounds. The helmet weighs about 8 pounds.

37 lbs?! they said a thin pressure suit
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could somebody add a reply to this thread on Felix Baumgart
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natasha d said:
yea.. i kinda did.
I think i should start another one: how does one delete a pointless thread in PF?

It's not at all pointless. Contrarywise, it's quite interesting. I was just making a funny about your choice of phrasing. Coincidentally, the first that I heard of this was on "Daily Planet" an hour or so before reading your post.
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I've seen the Joe Kittinger video on YouTube about 100 times, it's amazing :)

I'm happy to hear about this, and I look forward to seeing some good footage from the big jump!
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Will he have to breathe oxygen for 2 hours to prep for this like the current record holder, or will his pressure suit keep him from getting decompression sickness? I'm fully intrigued by the idea of a astronaut being able to make reentry in only a suit, but a long prep time detracts from the usefulness somewhat (though starting from space and coming down isn't the same as going up first unsheltered).

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What was the purpose of Felix Baumgartner's high altitude skydive?

The purpose of Felix Baumgartner's high altitude skydive was to break the world record for the highest ever skydive and to advance scientific research on human performance at high altitudes.

How high did Felix Baumgartner jump from?

Felix Baumgartner jumped from a height of 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) above the Earth's surface, breaking the previous record of 102,800 feet (31,333 meters) set in 1960 by Joseph Kittinger.

What technology was used to support Felix Baumgartner's high altitude skydive?

The Red Bull Stratos project utilized advanced technology such as a custom-made pressurized suit, a helium balloon to lift Baumgartner to the desired altitude, and multiple cameras and sensors to capture data and record the event.

What were the main challenges that Felix Baumgartner faced during his high altitude skydive?

Felix Baumgartner faced several challenges during his high altitude skydive, including extreme temperatures, lack of oxygen, potential loss of consciousness, and high winds. He also had to perform precise maneuvers during free fall to stabilize himself and control his descent.

What were the main scientific findings from Felix Baumgartner's high altitude skydive?

Felix Baumgartner's high altitude skydive provided valuable data on the effects of extreme altitudes on the human body, including changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. It also helped scientists develop new technologies and techniques for future high-altitude missions and space exploration.

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