posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 01:36 PM
Who cares if a drink co is promoting it? At least someone is putting the funds into further aero research. As easy as the jump looks on video the
process to make this happen took years, took development of new tech and techniques and as usual will spin off benefits we can't even add up in total
right now. As an example, if the space shuttle explosion took place 5 years from now the R&D for this "stunt" could enable the astronauts to
I can be as cynical as the next person but I find it hard to find fault when capitalism funds true science. Let them whore it out for promotional
benefit, it doesn't hurt anyone.
This is a really huge deal, short of finding a place on Earth with a higher atmospheric limit you won't see anyone break this record by any
substantial amount. Also, he should get the record for longest freefall (time) as Kittinger jumped with a drogue chute already deployed which slowed
down his descent which is why this jump missed that record by around 15-20 seconds.
Was the production a bit annoying, the voice coms crappy and Felix's behavior during the check list a bit odd? Definitely, but who gives a damn? That
was freaking cool as hell watching him drop from the edge of space like a Colonial Marine in Halo.
I can't wait to see the documentary that covers all the development leading up to this, they really went through a lot of work and overcame a huge
list of challenges.
Now I just hope my landing prediction is close enough to win one of those watches...
edit on 14-10-2012 by ecoparity because: (no reason