Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UPDATED: Watch The Red Bull Stratos Jump LIVE

Credit:Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
UPDATE II:
The Stratos Jump is currently on track for tomorrow morning at 5:00 AM PST. (UPDATE: Weather is delaying the launch again.  They're looking at closer to 8:00AM PST.)  We'll keep you posted of any changes that may happen.  

UPDATE I:
Today's jump was cancelled due to high winds.  After delaying the initial launch, everything seemed to line up.  Winds then began gusting as they were filling the balloon up and it was decided to cancel the launch/jump once the balloon touched the ground.  They were also plagued with radio problems that led to delays as well.

Once a new day and time for the jump have been scheduled, you'll still be able to watch it here.  We'll keep you updated.

ORIGINAL POST:
Early this morning (9:00 AM EST) - when many of us are still asleep and others are starting their day - Felix Baumgartner will be the first human to jump from the edge of space.  That's 120,000 feet/23 miles above the earth.  From that altitude he will reach supersonic speeds and could be the first human to break the sound barrier with his body!



Holy hell!!!

Just like everyone else, you're probably wondering why he's doing this.  After all the same was said when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mt. Everest for the first time.  Human curiosity propels us to do some of the dumbest things we can think of.  BUT..many of those dumb things can lead us to new discoveries.

Red Bull believes this is one of those discoveries.


Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.
The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world's leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Felix will strive to break.
Joe's record jump from 102,800 ft in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space. Joe was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and had already taken a balloon to 97,000 feet in Project ManHigh and survived a drogue mishap during a jump from 76,400 feet in Excelsior I. The Excelsior III mission was his 33rd parachute jump.
Although researching extremes was part of the program's goals, setting records wasn't the mission's purpose. Joe ascended in helium balloon launched from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola. Scientific data captured from Joe's jump was shared with U.S. research personnel for development of the space program. Today Felix and his specialized team hope to take what was learned from Joe's jumps more than 50 years ago and press forward to test the edge of the human envelope.


If you are near a television, you can watch the entire thing on Discovery as it happens live.  Or you can click the play button below and watch the live stream here.  You can also watch the stream at www.redbullstratos.com and www.redbull.tv if the stream below isn't working.

Make sure to share this to Facebook and see what everyone else has to say about the jump.



We know that this whole thing is incredibly crazy, but it is also incredibly inspiring.  While some may only see a company willing to risk the life of a human for publicity, I see more than that.

With the U.S. space program at a stand-still, this is a new frontier for human discovery.  What is the human body capable of?  Can we physically touch the edge of space and survive?  Could astronauts survive a jump in an emergency situation?

We'll find out today.

What say you?

POPped at 120,000 Feet
Jungle Jesse

Source: Red Bull

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