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The jump off the platform shot from above was awesome.

Can't wait to see the 2 hour BBC show they make from the footage.

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Bah, this age makes me sad. Kittinger jumped off a lawn chair. With a faulty glove, nonetheless. Now we're sending them up in comfy pressurized pods. It's making humanity weak!

In all honesty, impressive achievement. Cool view from 39km up.

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Bah, this age makes me sad. Kittinger jumped off a lawn chair. With a faulty glove, nonetheless. Now we're sending them up in comfy pressurized pods. It's making humanity weak!

Care to break the new record?

I'll donate the lawn chair and $50

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I also switched to the TV since my Youtube connection broke of several times before the jump... I'd be pretty interested in the number of people who watched this. Mashable reports 8 million alone via Youtube. :)

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I also switched to the TV since my Youtube connection broke of several times before the jump... I'd be pretty interested in the number of people who watched this. Mashable reports 8 million alone via Youtube. :)

8,7 million was the largest count I saw on Youtube just before the parachute was deployed.

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Thank god we have Austrian Servus TV in Germany, very nice Broadcast.

I really thought he is going to die when he began to tumble...

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Yeah Youtube seemed fine for me while he actually did the jump, absolutely amazing to watch. Been a very long time since I have been that in awe of anything, congratulations to Felix and all the people involved!

Have to agree that when he began to tumble me and the others watching with me thought the worst, so glad he made it down safely.

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Yeah, that spinning was very creepy. When they cut to the observation (?) room (when he was spinning very quick), I though they would already announce his death. Was very thrilling to watch.

I think that kind of spinning happened to the guy in the 60s who did a similar thing.

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And that was expected. Right before the jump, the announcer (?) said that spinning and tumbling was expected and if things went wrong, a small chute would be deployed to control the whole thing, just like those used in aircraft testing. But then he wouldn't break the records...

PS: Is the forum very slow for you too?

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Strange aerodynamic problems happen to aircraft at that height as well. Aircraft travelling extremely fast in thin air have a tendency to dutch roll.

The forum seems okay to me right now.

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I think that kind of spinning happened to the guy in the 60s who did a similar thing.

It happens at Military Free Fall altitudes (HALO and HAHO). The windspeeds are so high that you need to employ specialist techniques to prevent spinning. Those are jumps between 4,5 and 11 kilometers. From 38k it really doesn't matter much what you do I think, the pressure is initially low and increases quickly so that correction above a certain mark isn't possible for a human. Seeing as how even military aircraft rarely venture above 10k you can wonder about what it would take to produce a fleet of reliable military aircraft for that altitude. It would be a good way to avoid the air defenses of many countries so if it had been feasible at this time it would have been done already. That those guys survived (especially the 60s guy with the limited technology) is a miracle, no matter if they got back down to earth gracefully or not.

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BTW, did someone hear a supersonic "BANG" or "CRACK" ?

Edited by ProfTournesol

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BTW, did someone hear a supersonic "BANG" or "CRACK" ?

I was specifically waiting for it, but didn't hear it. I don't think they had a microphone outside, most of the audio came from ground control and the mic in his suit.

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How much ordnance does it carry?

Exactly ;)

So you need to carry ordnance to be a military plane? :o

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BTW, did someone hear a supersonic "BANG" or "CRACK" ?

I'm no scientist. But if there wasn't much air, would there be one?

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I guess there was a gradual slowdown as the air thickened. He definitely went past the limit, but the air wasn't thick enough to produce the crack. If I recall my physics lessons correctly.

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I guess there was a gradual slowdown as the air thickened. He definitely went past the limit, but the air wasn't thick enough to produce the crack. If I recall my physics lessons correctly.

Yep that sounds correct to me. I don't recall at what altitude he did cross the sound barrier though.

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So you need to carry ordnance to be a military plane? :o

You do if you want to be a viable weapon, intelligence pictures have lost much of their global impact since the Iraq WMD "evidence" :p

Good point about the lower air resistance, physics weren't my strongest subject in school. History and geography though :o

Edited by JdB

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How much ordnance does it carry?

Exactly ;)

MiG-25 can carry Ordnance...and you can rent a ride in it too up to 92.000 Feet.

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