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World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 4:42 am

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.

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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 9:16 am

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 5:00 pm

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 5:29 pm

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 6:40 pm



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 11:27 pm



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Mon May 26, 2008 11:44 pm

The jump attempt has been postponed until Tuesday now. Today's launch was scrubbed due to high wind gusts (again).
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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 3:49 am



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 9:39 am

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 11:55 am



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 12:03 pm

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 2:17 pm

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 2:54 pm



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 7:04 pm

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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Tue May 27, 2008 10:30 pm



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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RE: World Record Sky Jump Attempt: 130,000FT

Wed May 28, 2008 3:07 am

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.

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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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