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World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT  
User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5476 times:

Michel Fournier plans to step out the door at 130,000 feet (~39,000M) tomorrow morning, May 26, if all goes well. The man not only has perseverance, but he's got balls the size of a car. Good Luck to him and his support team.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24821986/


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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5430 times:

Well, good luck Michel... I think you're nuts, but I respect all the hard work you had attempting this record, so thumbs up for your jump!  Smile


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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5327 times:

Fifteen minutes of freefall! Hitting mach 1.7 with your body!

This is an ambitious plan.

Wonder if they ever considered a 124000 foot static line in case he loses consciousness?  Smile



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

It's been delayed until tomorrow due to weather. Forecast is good for tomorrow.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 2):
Wonder if they ever considered a 124000 foot static line in case he loses consciousness?

Guaranteed that he's using some form of AAD although with this amount of freefall time, an oxygen problem will likely be fatal and the AAD wouldn't due much beyond recovering an intact body.



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5274 times:



Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 3):
Guaranteed that he's using some form of AAD although with this amount of freefall time, an oxygen problem will likely be fatal and the AAD wouldn't due much beyond recovering an intact body.

Think he needs a pressure suit and oxygen, otherwise he would be dead long before jumping...



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5194 times:



Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 4):
Think he needs a pressure suit and oxygen, otherwise he would be dead long before jumping...

He has both, hopefully he won't have problems like Joe Kittinger did.



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User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

The jump attempt has been postponed until Tuesday now. Today's launch was scrubbed due to high wind gusts (again).
Vancouver Sun, article:
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...78fe22-2a63-4e63-ba83-cd33e903c7dc



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5104 times:



Quoting MissedApproach (Reply 6):
The jump attempt has been postponed until Tuesday now.

Weather is supposed to be ideal on Tuesday. I hope there are no technical glitches to delay this venture any further. Given that it's a private endeavor, I'm also hoping we'll get a lot more information and faster than had it been sponsored by a government. In particular, it will be pretty exciting to see photos or even video of him falling away from the gondola at 130,000 feet.



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 5045 times:

Does anybody know at what altitude he's supposed to go supersonic?

Imagine watching condensation visualizing sonic shock waves around your body! Well, probably if he breaks the sound barrier, this will occur at a pretty high altitude, with not enough moisture to show condensation.



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 5025 times:



Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 8):
Does anybody know at what altitude he's supposed to go supersonic?

I believe it's about 30 seconds after exit. Swagging it a bit, probably about 10,000 ft below exit, so call it 120k give or take. I don't have time to crunch real numbers, but taking a quick look at it, I think it might take close to another 5 seconds beyond that but again, I haven't checked in detail but this would put it somewhere between 110-115k



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 5024 times:

My French is very rusty and the English updates on the site are slow coming but it appears that there was a problem when inflating the balloon and they had to cut it away from the cabin. A team is trying to recover it. If they don't have a spare, this will probably be a major delay.


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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

Unbelievable! This guy has had terrible luck pursuing his life's dream. My heart goes out to him and his team. Given that his previous two attempts were also scrubbed because of problems with the balloon, it might be another year or two before he can try again. I hope he sticks to it. It will be exciting to see him attain his goal of a 130,000 FT jump.

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The French adventurer, 64, had hoped to free-fall from 130,000ft today after two previous attempts to set a new world record failed.

But the £100,000 helium balloon which was meant to carry him up to his target height split from its capsule as it was being inflated at an airport in Saskatechwan, Canada, and drifted away into the sky.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk...er-michel-fournier-86908-20431408/



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 4942 times:



Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 11):
it might be another year or two before he can try again. I hope he sticks to it.

He's been so unlucky!  Sad
I feel for him and I'm disappointed he couldn't try his record. definitely time's against him, both because more time means more money and because of his age. He may be perfectly fit but he's 64!



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 4860 times:

Balloons seem to be very unreliable for a device that seems, outwardly, to be so simple.

I watched two launches of "Earthwinds" which was an attempt to circumnavigate the earth by balloon. It was well engineered and well funded and came a cropper twice that I recall. I videotaped one launch and watched as the bag iced up and settled below the horizon over the Peterson Mountains, rather than rising above them.

Maybe they could get Burt Rutan to design an airplane to take him up there.



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 4794 times:



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 13):
ybe they could get Burt Rutan to design an airplane to take him up there.

Just strap him to the outside of the White Knight with a quick release and be done with it already!  Smile



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 4739 times:

Looks like Mr. Fournier is going to try and make a next attempt in August. I hope his sponsors will continue to show the depth of their deep pockets...what he's trying to do as a private individual is not cheap by any standard or measure.

Quote:
He says his next chance is in August because that is when the jet stream will next be favorable.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americ...05/27/freefall.skydiver/index.html



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