Skydive....From space

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Gatekeeper, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    First time I'd seen this, pretty wild!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U&feature=related]YouTube - First Man in Space - Skydiving From The Edge Of The World[/ame]

    First Man in Space - Skydiving From The Edge Of The World
    On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped from an air-thin height of 102,800 feet (31,334 meters). From that nearly 20 miles altitude, his tumble toward terra firma took some 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Exceeding the speed of sound during the fall, Kittinger used a small stabilizing chute before a larger, main parachute opened in the denser atmosphere. He safely touched down in barren New Mexico desert, 13 minutes 45 seconds after he vaulted into the void.

    The jump set records that still stand today, among them, the highest parachute jump, the longest freefall, and the fastest speed ever attained by a human through the atmosphere. Somewhat in contention is Kittinger's use of the small parachute for stabilization during his record-setting fall. Roger Eugene Andreyev, a Russian, is touted as holding the world's free fall record of 80,325 feet (24,483 meters), made on November 1, 1962.
     
  2. Brad

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    Defiantly balls of steel
     
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  3. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I think you can hear them clankin' at about 4:05 when he jumps out at 102,800 feet.:eek:
    Its pretty wild when you see the curve of the earth during his freefall, gives some perspective to how high he is.
     
  4. cpttango30

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    I have always wanted to skydive but there is no way in hell I am 1. riding a balloon to 100,000+ feet and then 2. Jumping the hell out of it. So his record is safe from Tango.

    That man has some of the biggest balls I think you can have on earth.
     
  5. TheOldMan

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    I didn't think a body could get past the speed of sound?? It was called terminal velocity or some such mess.. Where is my education lacking?
     
  6. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I believe you're correct, but....

    Reading up on this, it says it appears possible that he may have barely broke the sound barrier in the thin air of the upper atmosphere.
    Less wind resistance *shrug*
     
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  7. Dzscubie

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    Tango bet you would be something to see in freefall with your pink Tu-Tu. :cool:

    Here I am at about 9,800 feet over Palatka, Florida.. Whoo Hooo. Better than sex and last longer. :D
     

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  8. gorknoids

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    It's an air density thing. It's why jet engines can only go so high. Great friggin pic, Scubie!
     
  9. Jeehs

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    Bet he looked down and thought "Oh S***... am I really crazy enough to jump?" Heck, I agree with Tango, When I get older I want to try Sky-diving. But ehh... Space diving doesn't sound like my cup of tea.... Probbaly drown in my space suit becuase I would be pissing my pants all the way down. I think the ground is fine about 6 feet down.
     
  10. Shihan

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    Upper atmosphere, is like a vacuum, allowing for the object to achieve the higher speeds. Takes the Drag and other factors out of the equation.

    Rate of acceleration of Gravity is different at the Higher altitudes and in space. i.e On the Moon, Mars, etc.
     
  11. dog2000tj

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    Looks like 1 hell of a ride! :D
     
  12. RugerShootinGal

    RugerShootinGal New Member

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    That is a great pic Scubie I would love to do that !!!!:)
     
  13. doctherock

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    messed up his hand on that jump, glove lost its seal in the baloon b4 the jump
     
  14. Dzscubie

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    Thanks RSG it took me about 3 years to get that pic. I was trying to get a certin pic for a special purpose. I'll post it next when I go get my camera and take a picture of it. You will see why I needed a special picture when you see it.

    My highest jump is from 21,000 feet from a King Air almost a little over 2 minutes in freefall.

    I can't jump anymore as my knees can't really take it anymore.. not the landings but the packing and I won't jump a chute I haven't packed.

    Ok, here is the picture... I was checking out some pinball machine with my Father-in-law and found an old busted and trashed video machine called "Skydiver", well the plastic cover for the tv screen for the game was still in great condition so I bought it and decided it would make a great picture frame glass. I had it framed and then all I needed was the right picture. As I said it took me 3 years to get the right one and when I got it well you decide, here it is.
     

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  15. buttski

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    nasty hand

    my aeronautics prof had a clip where his hand was all inflated and messed up, and i was told that he was the first person to break the sound barrier not in a plane or vehicle.....
     
  16. NymphoGnome

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    This reminds me of something special another person did....
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