Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:41 AM
eppur_se_muova (25,400 posts)
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner on track for super jump (BBC)
By Jonathan Amos
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is well on the way to setting a world record for the highest free-fall jump.
On Thursday, the adventurer leapt from a balloon-borne capsule 71,500ft (22km) above New Mexico, landing safely eight minutes later.
The dive was intended to test all his equipment before he tries to free-fall from 120,000ft later this year.
In doing so, he would better the mark of 102,800ft set by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger in 1960.
Even just Thursday's jump puts Baumgartner in a select group as only Kittinger and Russian Eugene Andreev have descended from higher.
Watch that first step, it's a doozie.
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Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:08 PM
tridim (45,358 posts)
3. At what point does the special pressure suit become a craft?
IMO it already isn't technically a free-fall because he is wearing a space-suit that protects his body.