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Forum topic by JJohnston posted 10-14-2012 03:37 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2012 03:37 PM

Moments ago (9:30 local time), the balloon launched successfully, and Felix Baumgartner began the ascent to his world record skydive from 120,000’. Follow it live at:

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln


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#1 posted 10-14-2012 04:09 PM

Discovery Channel is carrying it live also!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 05:28 PM

Live on Youtube. Now at 110,000ft

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 05:42 PM

Now @ 122,075’......

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 05:51 PM

Now @ 127,675’ and going thru pre-jump checklist…

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 06:07 PM

He jumped!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 06:12 PM

The shute is open, freefall completed….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 06:16 PM

He landed safely!!! That’s one for the record books!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 06:23 PM

Absolutely AWESOME

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 10:09 PM

Well, I had to leave about an hour into the flight. Tried recording it, but lost the satellite signal, right at the critical moment (naturally).

Did it seem to anybody else that Felix was kind of out of it? It took him forever to respond to the communications, and he sounded disoriented and groggy the whole way up.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 10:20 PM

He did seem a little “out of it” as you said. It seems to me that he also pulled the ‘shute a tad early and didn’t achieve the record for the “longest” freefall.

It did make me want to jump again. However, I’ll keep the altitude low enough NOT to steal his record!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 10-15-2012 01:51 PM

I do believe he was a little groggy. In fact I thought I heard him at one point say he was getting dizzy and felt like he was going to pass out. It was hard to make out what he was saying.

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#12 posted 10-15-2012 02:05 PM

I heard those comments also. The mission control folks really did not sound like they had their own act together very well either. I heard one of the controllers trying to direct the guy to turn his parachute by telling the guy over and over, ”...the wind is from the East, the wind is from the East, the wind is from the East…” without realizing that this guy apparently did NOT have a compass on his suit. This controller then, once he finally realized this, tried to give him some landmarks to determine where the wind was blowing from, …”the wind is blowing from the ridge, the wind is blowing from the ridge,... NO,... the wind is blowing toward the ridge, the wind is blowing toward the ridge…”

I don’t know if anyone else has had that kind of luck, but I broke one of my landing gear (left ankle) landing my hang glider in such a manner once. NOT fun…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 10-15-2012 02:47 PM

Thanks for the link. Watched the whole thing. That guy has gotta have guts or a death wish. I get squiggly on a ladder. Can’t EVEN imagine jumpin’ out of anything.
Now Red Bull will be $6.00 per can.
Bill

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 04:00 PM

“Did it seem to anybody else that Felix was kind of out of it? “

I think that might be a prerequisite for jumping out of a balloon at 127,000 feet.

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#15 posted 10-16-2012 01:56 AM

I’ve only jumped once. Freefall is amazing and being under canopy is awe inspiring!!! Can’t wait to do it again and again and again.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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