Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump!

Felix Baumgartner, all geared up!

Yesterday, as I was searching for some information for my post graduate diploma project and I came across a link relating to some details about a guy who was going to jump all the way from space to planet earth. Of course, you all know me to be a Space fan and a Sky-diving freak. So I clicked away! *shinning my teeth*

Now before I continue, I want to say to Felix Baumgartner, "Dude, you're NUTS!!! But I have to agree that you are a very brave guy!" I mean this dude has jumped from the hand of the "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!! What do you call that??? Crazzzzzy & braveeeeeee!!!! Now he wants to jump all the way from space to earth *straight face*

Felix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper. He is renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. Baumgartner spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones. (Culled from Wikipedia)

In January 2010, it was reported that Baumgartner was working with a team of scientists, sponsored by Red Bull to attempt the highest sky-dive on record. The project, which is scheduled to see Baumgartner jump 120,000 ft (36,600 m) from a helium balloon, intends to make him the first parachutist to break the sound barrier. The jump was currently postponed after the scheduled launch yesterday, October 9, 2012 due to "gusty winds". (Culled from Wikipedia)



Red Bull Stratos is following in the footsteps of Project Excelsior, when U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger (at right in photo below) jumped on Aug. 16, 1960 from a height of 19 miles and barely lived to tell the tale. Kittinger is now Baumgartner’s mentor, the only man alive who can offer advice to the Austrian on a mission where the slightest error could cost him his life. (Culled from Redbull.com)
Felix Baumgartner & his mentor, U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger Kittinger


See below Baumgartner’s instruments that would help make his "Mission Possible":

A Zenith capsule suspended from a balloon in the stratosphere at an altitude of over 120,000 feet

El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph, Zenith Ambassador Felix Baumgartner's Skydiving watch

Felix Baumgartner's Space Skydiving Suit
 
Several critical phases during Baumgartner's ascent and freefall

Honestly, I wish Baumgartner's the best in his mission. I hope the next story I write about him would be a good report...Cheers Baumgartner!!!!!





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