Originally posted by Moneyisgodlifeisrented
Wait a minute, Red Bull gives you wings, and this is all about falling.....That's some stuff?!?!?!
Red Bull gives you *plumets down towards earth* Wiiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggggggssssssssssss
Meteorologist Don Day says we will wait out the wind with a target launch set for 11:30am. We will have a call by 9:30 am.
The person you are asking about is Joseph Kittinger who accomplished a number of pioneering high-altitude feats during the 1950s and 1960s. Kittinger's most famous first came while he held the rank of Captain in the US Air Force. On 16 August 1960, Kittinger jumped from a balloon high in the stratosphere to make the longest skydive from the highest altitude in history. It is a common misconception that Kittinger exceeded the speed of sound during his fall, but this was not the case. He did reach a peak velocity of 614 mph (988 km/h), however, a mark that still stands as the fastest speed ever reached by a human without a vehicle. Though Kittinger fell short of supersonic speeds, he did get pretty close and achieved a maximum of about Mach 0.9, or 90% of the speed of sound.
Some studies claim to show that sonic booms from U.S. Navy testing in Vieques, Puerto Rico, increased the incidence of vibroacoustic disease, a thickening of heart tissue. However, other scientists dispute the claims.
Originally posted by Wide-Eyes
reply to post by sevensheeps
What if the sonic boom rips his feet off or something? This could turn into a real horror show! I'm sure he'll be fine though.
After a weather hold for winds earlier this morning, the crew is starting the balloon layout process! There is some hope that the winds at balloon top level (approx. 800 feet) will begin to decrease. The balloon top levels have been too strong throughout the morning hours for a safe launch attempt despite nearly calm conditions on the surface.
As high pressure builds over southeast New Mexico this morning, winds aloft will decrease, hopefully to acceptable levels for launch. Winds ideally should be calm to 3 mph from the surface to approximately 800 feet above ground level.
We will be monitoring the winds above ground level this morning before a decision is made on whether to launch or not.