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    Don't know if any of you have been following this guy.

    In a few hours (hopefully) he plans on doing a freefall jump from 36.5km above the earth (basically on the edge of space), breaking four records in the process, including first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.

    Live feed and info here...

    http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/nationa...t-this-morning

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    His name makes him sound like a Chevy Chase character. It's not going to go well.
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    Today's jump has been aborted due to wind conditions.

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    Yep, aborted. Shame, but better safe than sorry. Especially considering that the first 3,000 feet are one of the most dangerous parts of the whole exercise. Any mishap below that height on the way up and there is no time for him to get out and deploy a shute.

    Add to that the fact that the ballon is only 0.0008cm thick ......

    This guy is a monster though. One record he holds is for the lowest base jump ever, off the Jesus statue overlooking Rio. I think it was less than 100ft.

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    There's something incredibly modest about these truly brave guys. He reminds me of Andy Green, the RAF pilot who drove Richard Noble's "Thrust SSC" car back in '97. The first, and I think only, land vehicle to ever break the sound barrier, clocking in well over 750mph.

    If you want to see heroic driving, engineering and sheer brute determination in the face of ridiculous odds, this is one of the most inspiring documentaries around.



    Their next venture, "Bloodhound SSC" is going pretty well too. They have just test fired the rockets the car will use, hopefully sometime next year. They plan to go faster than 1,000mph.

    I'll watch this again to tide me over til Felix jumps.
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    *rrrrrrinnngg!! rrrrriiinnnnnggg!!*

    "Hello?"

    "Tony?"

    "Yeah,"

    "It's Felix!"

    "Who? Listen, you'll have to speak up. There's a lot of noise or wind or something and--"

    "I said, Felix! It's Felix Baumgartner!"

    "Oh! Felix! How are you, buddy? Today's the big day, eh? When do you make the jump?"

    "I already jumped!"

    "Really? Awesome! Congratulations, man, you just broke a whole bunch of--"

    "No, no, I haven't landed yet--"

    "Oh...okay..."

    "---I just jumped a couple minutes ago."

    "Okay. That explains all that wind I'm hearing. So, you're free-falling right now?"

    "Yeah."

    "Okay, um, why are you calling--"

    "Listen, I need you to do me a favor."

    "Sure, buddy. Anything."

    "You remember where I was sitting at your cookout last night?"

    "Yeah, you were sitting in that wicker chair next to the beer cooler. I hope you liked the steaks. Me and Carla wanted to give you a little send-off. For good luck, you know."

    "The steaks were great. Listen, can you go and look around on the ground by that wicker chair?"

    "Sure. Okay..."

    "I'll wait."

    "Okay, I'm out on the back porch. There's the chair...I don't see any...Wait, there's a backpack. Is it yours?"

    "Is it brown?"

    "Yeah."

    "Does it have anything written on it?"

    "Um...Yeah, it has your name on it...and at the top it's got a little cord sticking out and a thing that says 'Ripcord' and 'Deploy Parachute below 25,000 Feet.' I guess it's a parachute."

    "Yeah, that's what it is."

    "A parachute?"

    "Yeah."

    "Oh..."

    "Uh, huh..."

    "I don't suppose...you have..."

    "Two?"

    "Yeah."

    "No."

    "Oh..."

    "Listen, Tony, can you do something for me?"

    "Sure, buddy."

    "Do you still have that big air mattress?"

    "No. We sold it at the garage sale last year."

    "Oh."

    "We've got the trampoline."

    "Oh, yeah. It's in the back yard, right?"

    "Right."

    "Okay. I guess I'll try and aim for that. You might want to get the kids in the house, though. Just in case."

    "Yeah, I'll do that. Good luck, Felix."

    "Thanks, Tony. See you in a few minutes."


    *click*


    "Who was that on the phone, honey?"
    "Hmm? Oh. It was Felix."
    "Felix! Is he making his jump today?"
    "Yeah."
    "Is he going to drop by later?"
    "Uh, yeah. If he's in the neighborhood."
    "That will be nice."







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    13 miles up and 82 degrees below zero out there

    how can falling at that velocity not kill you?

    yeah I know he's in a space suit, but it just seems like this jump is going to result in a bag of meat

    I guess there is no turning back now tho

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    The streaming youtube isn't working for me... total bullshit... I'm tired of all the commercials on Velocity channel as well...

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    Dudes got some serious balls.

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    http://mashable.com/2012/10/14/freefall-from-space/

    That link might work

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    Dudes got some serious balls.
    and after a couple of days, they might even re-descend!

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    I just watched it live from the Red Bull Statos site.

    Holy shit. That man has balls of steel.

    Right before he jumped, they were going through a checklist of things for him to do. There were about 30 things. I'm surprised that item #31 wasnt "Take the biggest shit of your life".

    I'm glad everything went smoothly and he landed safe.
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    His balls should be landing anytime. They were to big too fit in the Stratos capsule. When they arrive, they'll be holding a press conference. Felix will only be there in case his balls can't answer any of the technical questions.
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    front page headline tomorrow in the Daisy Gazette and News from Around the Whole Wide World....

    "FELIX BAUMGARTNER NOT A BAG OF MEAT"

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    Graeme thanks for the link on the Thrust SSC documentary!
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    Man that footage where he steps out and you just see his feet... crazy dude.

    Good on him but man... lol

    I'm assuming this is all because people picked on his name at school and he wants to feed all those kids a shitburger at the next reunion?
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