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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:55 am    Post subject: An Australian's attempt to skydive from the space. Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19860249

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He is going to jump out of a balloon at more than 120,000ft (36.5km) above Roswell, New Mexico.

In the near vacuum at that altitude, he should accelerate beyond about 690mph (1,110km/h) within 40 seconds.

Assuming all goes well, he will open a parachute near the ground to land softly in the local desert.

The 43-year-old adventurer - famous for jumping off skyscrapers - is under no illusions about the dangers he faces.

Where he is going, the air pressure is less than 2% of what it is at sea level, and it is impossible to breathe without an oxygen supply.

Others who have tried to break the existing records for the highest, fastest and longest freefalls have lost their lives in the process.

"If something goes wrong, the only thing that might help you is God," says Baumgartner.

"Because if you run out of luck, if you run out of skills, there is nothing left and you have to really hope he is not going to let you down."

Weather permitting, lift-off from Roswell airport should occur about 0700 local time (1300 GMT; 1400BST).

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please refer to Austrians as "Bürger der Republik Österreich" or "Buerger der Republik Oesterreich" if you can't deal with umlauts, to avoid misunderstandings. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ostrichburger LULZ.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Australian? That's it, I'm annexing India.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"Because if you run out of luck, if you run out of skills, there is nothing left and you have to really hope he is not going to let you down."


you don't need luck if you have brains!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Mexico, where crazy is at home.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New Mexico, where crazy is at home.
Get a pair of dark sunglasses. Stare at the sky from your roof.

There's a fair chance he's going to land your house.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Australian? That's it, I'm annexing India.
:lol:
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19884699

Unfavorable winds.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a bad feeling about this.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old School wrote:
I got a bad feeling about this.

That's not a small moon, that's a sheep station.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol:
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what happened?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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what happened?

Called off due to high (>3km/h) winds.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ichbinsisyphos wrote:
Ostrichburger LULZ.


I had one the last time I was at the steak house. Not that great. But the thought that some ostriches - preferably from Vienna or Queensland were killed to make that burger increased its appeal to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next attempt in ~2h40min, weather looks good.


live stream on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrIxH6DToXQ
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ichbinsisyphos wrote:
Next attempt in ~2h40min, weather looks good.


live stream on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrIxH6DToXQ
More than an hour later, it says ~ 2:45min.

Probably a troll site.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it was just postponed by another 1h30min.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And again by ~1:15 :lol:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is trolling.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, it's the official youtube channel.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's started
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still got a bad feeling about this.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He has done a test jump from 19miles up, in July.
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