JCC Dude jumping out of a spaceship thing and plummeting to Earth today

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  1. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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  2. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    Hmm...what are the odds that breaking the sound barrier kills you?
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  4. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Let's ask all the passengers of the Concord. Not the one that crashed, though.
  5. Juliet316 Streak for Colors Bonanza Winner

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    Potential Darwin nominee in the waning months of the year?
  6. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    This will either end in a glorious achievement for stupid stunts or a Darwin award. Can't wait.
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  7. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    Well, I mean outside of the body of an aircraft, obviously.
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  8. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    When I saw Discovery Channel run a 727 into the ground today (for science), my first thought was that it was a shame there were no people on board. Thanks, Red Bull.
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  9. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    Darned you and your NZ time, japes, I even had a thread title worked out "Not all Salzburg residents share my fear of heights".:p

    Pretty cool story, Baumgartner has made something of a name for himself as a base jumper, he's jumped off the two of the tallest buildings in the world, one of the hands of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio, and he also "jumped" across the English Channel


    So today's jump will, if successful, break four world records. And, according to Wired, this isn't all just a gimmick to get you to drink more grotesque sugar water.

    The Stratos website has a nice interactive timeline of the jump here, btw.
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  10. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    Just read that his target landing site is Roswell, New Mexico, so I will predict that not only will Baumgartner break the sound barrier, he will also break the time barrier, and we will finally have an answer to what happened back in 1947.
  11. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Ironically, the answer will turn out to be that he was the Roswell event all along.

    Edit: Oh, wait, that's exactly what you implied. I like that theory, then. :p
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  12. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Aircraft. Pressurised space suit... same thing.
  13. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_High_Dive :p
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  14. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    Well not quite exactly. Supersonic aircraft are specifically engineered to alleviate the extreme stresses that occur as you approach mach speed...been looking around and nobody is quite sure what exactly would happen to the human body as it breaks the sound barrier or when it goes subsonic again. Looks like we'll find out tomorrow, one way or the other.
  15. tom Chosen One

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    if he dies it will be hard for them to continue using the "red bull gives you wings" campaign slogan.
  16. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    "Red Bull at least facilitates instantaneous death on impact."
  17. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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  18. DarthLowBudget Force Ghost

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    If he dies, expect Red Bull to break the sound barrier as they hurry to distance themselves from the fallout.
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  19. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    They will already have the press release written, and the press conference scripted, for the 'fail' outcome.
  20. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    How long will the ascent take?
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  21. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    According to the timeline at the website, a little under three hours.
  22. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Fate has ordained that this dude who jumped out of a spaceship thing in peace will remain on the ground... as kind of a red splatter.
  23. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    The RB marketing department has conned half the World's population between 16 and 25 into to drinking nasty sugar-water.I doubt they'll have a problem putting a positive spin on a failure.
  24. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    So, top of the ascent at 4am my time. I think I'll get the highlights when I wake up at 7am.
  25. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    Both Austrian public television (ORF1) and Red Bull's own TV station (Servus TV) have coverage all day long. Lift off local time is some time after 2pm. Hope he jumps before 6pm, I only set the PVR to tape until 6:30.

    Seriously, the whole company is based on marketing and hype. The beverage has almost become secondary.

    EDIT And the fall will take 15-20 minutes. 5 minutes of that in free-fall. Apparently the biggest danger, aside from a tear to the suit, is falling into a spin when he first jumps, since there's no air at that elevation to help him correct his position. Apparently that happened to Joe Kittinger, the current record holder, during one of his practice jumps, he was unconscious for most of the jump, regained consciousness when his backup parachute opened automatically.
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