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January 24, 2010

Felix Baumgartner Attemps Near Space Sky Dive

Filed under: near space,Ralph Buttigieg — ralphbuttigieg @ 10:34 am

We have reported on Frenchman Michel Fournier efforts to beat Joe Kittinger’s 1960  record sky dive of 31,200 meters. But he has competition from Austrian Felix Baumgartner.:

It is 50 years since the American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800ft (31km).
Many have sought to repeat the feat down the decades but all have failed.

Baumgartner, who is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers, aims to skydive from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft (37km).

It is likely that in his long freefall of more than five minutes, he will exceed the speed of sound – the first person to do so without the aid of a machine.

“No-one really knows what that will be like,” he said.

The website is here.



  1. I hope he has thought carefully about both heat and g forces when he hits the sensible atmosphere after freefalling to ~20 km in maybe a minute. Then he will slow down rapidly as the atmospheric density rises quickly. That will be the critical point.Bill Wheaton

    Comment by Wm. A. Wheaton — January 25, 2010 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  2. My concern is that he will go into spin and won't be able to stablise his fall. Kittinger had a drouge chute I don't think Baungarter will have one.taRalph

    Comment by Ralph Buttigieg — January 25, 2010 @ 11:03 am | Reply

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