Live Video: The leap from the edge of space

posted at 12:31 pm on October 14, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

A little break from politics on this Sunday. When this article goes live, you will be able to join, in progress, an attempt at breaking a record which has stood since 1960. At approximately 11:30 AM eastern time this morning, Felix Baumgartner lifted off in a capsule under a massive helium balloon. Over the next two hours, he will attempt to fly it up to more than 120,000 feet – pretty much to the edge of space. Once there, he’s going to … get out.

As the winds calmed Sunday morning, Felix Baumgartner’s team made the critical decision to begin inflating an enormous helium balloon designed to carry him to the stratosphere, where he hoped to make the highest jump in history and become the first sky diver to break the speed of sound. ..

Mr. Baumgartner, wearing a pressurized suit to survive in the near vacuum at the edge of space, planned to step off the capsule above 120,000 feet and quickly break the sound barrier, reaching a speed of more than 700 miles an hour. He expected to free fall for five and a half minutes before deploying his parachute a mile above the ground.

Mr. Baumgartner, a professional daredevil, was backed by a NASA-style mission control operation at an airfield in Roswell that involved 300 people, including more than 70 engineers, scientists and physicians who have been working for five years on the project, called Red Bull Stratos, after the drink company that has financed it.

For those who have the Discovery Channel, they’re covering it live there, with cameras mounted inside and outside the capsule, as well as on the ground. Succeed or fail, they should catch the entire thing on live TV. But if you’d rather get together and chat about it here, I’ll embed the live video feed from Space.com below.

The record that Baumgartner is trying to break was set by one of the last surviving (today) supermen from the early era of space exploration and test pilot glory. Joe Kittinger made his leap more than fifty years ago, and his story is simply amazing. He’s long been a personal hero of mine, as he was to most of us who have ever spent their time in sport skydiving. (I haven’t jumped since the 90′s.) And Joe is not only still alive, he’s on the ground with Felix’s crew, talking him through it as he ascends and prepares to jump.

But enough from me… here’s the video. Enjoy.


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Baumgartner didn’t build that, someone else is making this happen.

Rebar on October 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Yawn.

davisbr on October 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Good luck, I hope you are successful!
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letget on October 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

American Exceptionalism….. This is what we do.

ThePrez on October 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Baumgartner didn’t build that, someone else is making this happen.

Rebar on October 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

GM is alive, Osama is dead, and I jumped from outer-space drinking Red-Bull just to help the Middle Class–B.H. Obama

cntrlfrk on October 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The narrator sounds like Bret Baier?

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Watching it now! Awesome!

pilamaye on October 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

American Exceptionalism….. This is what we do.

ThePrez on October 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Sorry to pop your balloon, but Felix Baumgartner is Austrian, as in the language.

DarkCurrent on October 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

American Exceptionalism….. This is what we do.

ThePrez on October 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

He’s Austrian. Red Bull is Austrian, too. We are crazy people.

Gelsomina on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Now if he does a stand up dead center landing, us old jumpers will, who am I kidding? Go get ‘em.

Wander on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Nothing could be more exciting that re-creating a feat performed over 50 years ago without the aid of modern materials or satellites…

Oh, wait, there’s some mold on my wall.

chimney sweep on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

No, I guess it is Robert Hager.

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Why so much preparation? Five years? 300 people on the ground?

Put on a scuba outfit with a parachute, tie 100 large helium balloons to your lawn chair, cut the anchor rope and there you go.

/home hobbyist

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Gelsomina on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

…………. Austrian Exceptionalism. (hangs head) lol

ThePrez on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Watching it now! Awesome!

pilamaye on October 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

At least one of y’all ain’t a doofus.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Wooooo! He just crossed 70k feet! I didn’t think anything could be more exciting than when he crossed 60k feet, but boy o boy was I wrong!

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

…………. Austrian Exceptionalism. (hangs head) lol

ThePrez on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

But we will be forever grateful to the United States of America.

Gelsomina on October 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Wooooo! He just crossed 70k feet! I didn’t think anything could be more exciting than when he crossed 60k feet, but boy o boy was I wrong!

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

For those of you not interested, just go away and watch/do something else. I am interested in someone jumping from space and breaking the sound barrier.

rbj on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Nothing could be more exciting that re-creating a feat performed over 50 years ago without the aid of modern materials or satellites…

Oh, wait, there’s some mold on my wall.

chimney sweep on October 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

..18 miles higher that USAF CAPT Kittinger’s jump. But, jeeee-zus! Kittinger walked away from it wearing his 1505′s and puffing on a Marlboro!

They were men in those days!

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Wooooo! He just crossed 70k feet! I didn’t think anything could be more exciting than when he crossed 60k feet, but boy o boy was I wrong!

Damn near 75,000. Making popcorn.

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

GM is alive, Osama is dead, and I jumped from outer-space drinking Red-Bull just to help the Middle Class–B.H. Obama

cntrlfrk on October 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Obama is sooo cool he could make that jump without a parachute… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I didn’t think anything could be more exciting than when he crossed 60k feet, but boy o boy was I wrong!

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

rbj on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

..you gotta admit that it was funny!

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

rbj on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

You would think “so called” conservatives would be okay with private enterprise doing things previously done only by governments. Their derision is almost, nay is, liberal in its disdain.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

But, jeeee-zus! Kittinger walked away from it wearing his 1505′s and puffing on a Marlboro!

ha, he really did.

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

..18 miles higher that USAF CAPT Kittinger’s jump. But, jeeee-zus! Kittinger walked away from it wearing his 1505′s and puffing on a Marlboro!

They were men in those days!

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

120k feet is less than 4 miles more then what Kittinger did.

Kittinger: 102k+ feet

Baumgartner: 120k feet

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

..you gotta admit that it was funny!

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes, that one was.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

..because it’s there?

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Obama is sooo cool he could make that jump without a parachute… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I’d LOVE to see him try!

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You would think “so called” conservatives would be okay with private enterprise doing things previously done only by governments. Their derision is almost, nay is, liberal in its disdain.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Who here said Baumgartner shouldn’t be allowed to do this? I didn’t know that making fun of something equals a desire to prefer the government do it instead.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

120k feet is less than 4 miles more then what Kittinger did.

Kittinger: 102k+ feet

Baumgartner: 120k feet

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

..but pointing out a senile old man’s problems with math is NOT funny.

(Thanks, though.)

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

3,507,588 watching now

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I’d LOVE to see him try!

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

BWAHAHAHAH…… You, me and a couple million other Americans would pay to see that… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

80,000 ft and climbing

D-fusit on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Bailing out of a space station or a crippled space craft?

or

What was the import of Evel Knievel. Some things just gotta be done.

rbj on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

ROTFLMAO… Live from Roswell New Mexico… their trying to catch a glimpse of ET… Probably want to know if ET has a Obamaphone…

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

3,507,588 watching now

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

..if the guy jumped on Monday — the beginning of the work week — he could have had a MUCH LARGER audience: almost 20,000,000 more!

Watch it, NotCoach! I double-checked this calculation!

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The Kinks – “Looney Balloon

Christien on October 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

80,000 ft and climbing

D-fusit on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

..helluva ladder.

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Exactly. I was going to say the same thing.

Christien on October 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The same reason the original jumps were made.

Testing safety equipment and procedures for upcoming commercial space travelers.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Man, I sure hope Baumgartner went pee before he got in that capsule… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Rising, climbing what’s the diff at this point.

D-fusit on October 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

BWAHAHAHAH…… You, me and a couple million other Americans would pay to see that… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Put it on Pay-Per-view. National debt paid off in one night.

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It’s there to be done.

It’s the record.

And…hell, it’s a nice day an’ I got noplace else to be. Why not jump?

I was about 10 years old when Kittinger made his jump; and I still remember it. I thought that was pretty exciting – and I feel the same way about this jump.

Solaratov on October 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The technology used in this jump will change our lives in unexpected ways —perhaps a new sports drink or new steering wheel covers.

claudius on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

…I’d piss my pants going up…and sh!t my suit going down!

KOOLAID2 on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Man, I sure hope Baumgartner went pee before he got in that capsule… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Pee, I hope he took a dump. I know what I’d be doing if I were him.

D-fusit on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Short of dying on the way down, what’s the import of all this?

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

That’s exactly what I said on my way down the birth canal!

DarkCurrent on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

OT: Arlen Spector died.

wargamer6 on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

No “Girl from Ipanema” Instrumental for the climb?

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

What was the import of Evel Knievel. Some things just gotta be done.

rbj on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

And plenty of people have made fun of Evel Knievel over the decades, but I would never begrudge him the opportunity to entertain us.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Did you notice Kittinger’s boots in that video?

Korean War “Mickey Mouse” Boots. LOL

Solaratov on October 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I am guessing terminal velocity is limited my wind resistance. CAPT Kittinger reached 450 MPH.

Serious question: Do you suppose Baumgartner is going to 120,000 feet to reach the speed of sound in the more rarified air? Or does he just need an extra 3+ miles to get to Mach 1?

From my math abilities, you can extrapolate that my knowledge of physics sucks even worse.

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

OT: Arlen Spector died.

wargamer6 on October 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

MUST.NOT.SPEAK.ILL.OF.THE.DEAD…

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

He needs the thinner air. You are correct about air resistance and terminal velocity.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Arlen Spector arguably spent more time in space.

MechanicalBill on October 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The sky is blue when they show to balloon, but it’s black when they show the camera on the capsule.

This isn’t really happening, it’s a Hollywood set.

/

SouthernGent on October 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Did you notice Kittinger’s boots in that video?

Korean War “Mickey Mouse” Boots. LOL

Solaratov on October 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

..I saw them! Guessing he changed out of his flight suit and boots into his 1505s. (Actually, I think they were 505s back then.)

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

True, lets just pray for comfort for his family and loved ones.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Reducing the distance to the sun increases the temp 8 degrees?

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Kittinger’s participation is a kid’s dream come true. Imagine growing up admiring him and now he’s helping you!

Deploying individual people from space is Sci Fi warfare deliciousness. Safely ejecting from great heights during an emergency. Spurring the develop of safety systems that cost less than a craft. Those are a few goals. You can’t “Beam me up, Scotty” without some skyfalling first. Progress. The evolution from science to fiction to human accomplishment. Let a girl dream.

Be safe, Felix!

tuffy on October 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

True, lets just pray for comfort for his family and loved ones.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

And that is the difference between Conservatives and Liberals, if it were Rush the Liberals would be celebrating in the street and talking trash…

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

How long is this suppose to take?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I wonder if the faceshield heater is a show-stopper.

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I think I’m going to hope I go before Rush, it will be ugly.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Reducing the distance to the sun increases the temp 8 degrees?

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

..clear folks up on the concept of the adiabatic lapse rate?

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

How long is this suppose to take?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

He’s supposed to jump at 120k feet, and it is supposed to take 2.5 hours to get to that altitude.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It would be really cool if on the way down he could log into HotAir and get a Bishop.

SparkPlug on October 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

How long is this suppose to take?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

20-30 minutes from now, I think.

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

How long is this suppose to take?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

About another 25 minuets or so…

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I suppose he can see Russia from his front door…

ericdijon on October 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

For me this brings back memories of watching all the Mercury and Gemini launches back in the 1960s which we’d be able to see before we left for school in the morning. This is an interesting and legitimate piece of history being made. And you’d be surprised at the things like technology, products and safety protocols and procedures that follow from events like this. It’s too bad what Onumnuts did to NASA and the space program and I hope some day soon we’re at a point where reviving the space program is viable.

stukinIL4now on October 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

stukinIL4now on October 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Good one.

SparkPlug on October 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Today is the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager’s successful attempt to break the sound barrier in a jet. Hope Baumgartner makes it.

TXUS on October 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

..I saw them! Guessing he changed out of his flight suit and boots into his 1505s. (Actually, I think they were 505s back then.)

Thanks. I was realizing how old I was when I remembered I was issued 1505s. But, you made me feel better that I had to look up the 505s.

SteveInTexas on October 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

OT/ Arlen Specter has died from cancer.

Flora Duh on October 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Watching the Jets game with a couple buddies, one of them told me this jump was cancelled due to weather…glad I checked as I seem to attract numbskulls :/

JetBoy on October 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Reducing the distance to the sun increases the temp 8 degrees?

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I would hazard a guess that he got above a layer of atmosphere that was shielding him from part of the sun’s energy and now the temp of the thermometer is going up…not necessarily the air around the capsule…side note–>dude is getting some serious radiation that far up…kudos to him for having great big brass ones!

airmonkey on October 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Man, I sure hope Baumgartner went pee before he got in that capsule… ;p

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Somebody’s been watching “The Right Stuff” again!

NavyMustang on October 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

..clear folks up on the concept of the adiabatic lapse rate?

The War Planner on October 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Well, to put it simply. The laspe rate occurs in the lower atmospere. Temp decreases at about a rate of 0.6°C per 100 meters or 2 degress per 1000 feet. In the upper Stratospere, temp increases for a period due to O3 heating. UV prevents it from allowing the temp to rise in that region. So it occurs higher. If not explained exactly, it still isn’t because you’ve climbed a couple thousand feet closer to the sun. (Which announcer dude said)

Friend of Daedalus?

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Announcer is Robert Hagar live from Roswell NM

haha

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

airmonkey on October 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Yep, Ozone.

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

JetBoy on October 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It was cancelled earlier in the week due to weather. This is the rescheduled jump.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Good Luck to Baumgartner & Kudos to Kittenger for being there at the launch.

workingclass artist on October 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

OT/ Arlen Specter has died from cancer.

Flora Duh on October 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Sorry, didn’t realize it had already been posted.

My sympathy to his family.

Flora Duh on October 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Kittenger was blinded by the light.

One would have to wonder whether he was also revved up like a deuce.

I kid, the man’s a hero.

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Godspeed to Mach 1, Mr Baumgartner.

TimBuk3 on October 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I hope that face visor temp. glitch isn’t a serious prblemo

workingclass artist on October 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I keep thinking of the Hindenburg

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Talk about your desperate shout to “Look at me damnit.”

Snake307 on October 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Watching this on HotAir is cool, but watching it in HD on the Velocity channel is spectacular.

meci on October 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

And Joe is not only still alive, he’s on the ground with Felix’s crew, talking him through it as he ascends and prepares to jump.

Classy, very classy.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I didn’t think I’d be interested in this jump, but I’ve been unable to stop watching. Over 5 million watching just on youtube.

Flora Duh on October 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

It was cancelled earlier in the week due to weather. This is the rescheduled jump.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Yeah, he told me it was off for today too…like I said, I don’t keep the world’s most perspicacious people around me lol

This jump makes me wonder tho…because this originated in Roswell, what if the guy falls so fast he goes back in time and crashes his balloon in 1947?

JetBoy on October 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This is the Grand Opening of Six Flags over Earth

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

>120,000

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

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