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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This all reminds me of the HA coverage of Shenzhou 9 docking with Tiangong 1. Exciting times!

DarkCurrent on October 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

“it’s not the fall that hurts, it’s the sudden stop”

Not in this case. Edge of space?

Big brass ones fer sure.

wolly4321 on October 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

The Obama Administration’s take?

Doing jobs Americans will not do.

[How do they say that in Austrian?)

:-)

(+5.3 million currently watching on YouTube.)

I remember when Colonel Kittinger made his jump back in ’57.

Can’t pull myself away from the screen.

coldwarrior on October 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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

No worries…Spock would handle that I should think…

workingclass artist on October 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

its floating at 122,000

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

What a shame about Arlen Specter dying 28 days short of a Mitt Romney takeover.

I’m sure that would have finished him off.

Not sad about this guy dying.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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

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

They just decided that he’s going to jump anyway.

Pass the popcorn.

Del Dolemonte on October 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Dude…I’m nervous

brut4ce on October 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Report from Vik Venus – Moonflight

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Still going up – almost 125,000 ft and climbing!

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

What if it just keeps going… and going… and going…

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Dude…I’m nervous

brut4ce on October 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It’s exciting. Will he bail if it gets to 130,000 feet?

Only a 5.5 minute jump, then he opens the chute at 1 mile above ground.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

What if he jumps… and floats up????

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

That ballon’s gonna pop

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I live in Caribou, Maine. Joe Kittinger took off from here in 1984 and became the first balloonist to cross the Atlantic SOLO. (This was an amazing accomplishement, along the lines of Lindbergh).
I had the honor of meeting Joe in 2009 when he returned as guest of honor for our sesquicentennial parade. He is a gentleman and hero. Felix is to be commended for honoring Joe by making him an integral part of his crew. I am watching this with great interest, as is my 4 year old son.
Prayers to Felix and team.
(By the way, Felix is doing this partly because his wife was killed on board Shuttle Challenger, I believe……he wants to improve safety and survivability for astronauts).

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

This guy has balls.

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He’s not replying very quickly. Sounds tired.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

meci on October 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Thanks!

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

“Why is Red Bull wasting money on this when there are so many people awaiting transgender surgery they can’t afford?”

SickofLibs on October 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

127,500 – leveling off.

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

And Obama had trouble with Denver’s altitude

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Does he drink a Red Bull before he jumps?? or after he lands??

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

looks like they are going for 130,000 feet. Yikes that is high but not as high as Joe Biden at the debate!

maddmatt on October 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

So, when is that cameraman gonna bail out?

coldwarrior on October 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

AQ has announced that they are outraged, and they will storm the US embassies around the world.

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

(By the way, Felix is doing this partly because his wife was killed on board Shuttle Challenger, I believe……

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

That doesn’t sound right. He would have been in his mid teens when the Challenger blew up.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Is there a delay in the video feed..?

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

(By the way, Felix is doing this partly because his wife was killed on board Shuttle Challenger, I believe……he wants to improve safety and survivability for astronauts).

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

his medical doctor (Jonathan Clark) lost his wife on Challenger,not himself. there were only Americans on Challenger, Bamgartner is Austrian.

jimver on October 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

What happens if his suit springs a leak? Duct tape?

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

This is a big f-ing deal.

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That is one huge HA baloon!

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I’m getting a “2001 Space Odyssey” vibe here.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I am watching it live on Discovery Channel.

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Cozmo, you are correct. It is his medical director, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who lost his wife in that disaster. Sorry.

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I getting scared.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

sorry, I meant medical director..

jimver on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

And it was Columbia, not Challenger.

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

20 second delay.

tuffy on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

When does he change into the Queen of England costume?

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Interesting point. No resistance, impossible to control your motion.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

He’s getting ready to go.

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

(By the way, Felix is doing this partly because his wife was killed on board Shuttle Challenger, I believe……

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

That doesn’t sound right. He would have been in his mid teens when the Challenger blew up.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

You’re right. Besides, the two women on Challenger were Judy Resnick (single) and of course Christa McAuliffe, who was married with 2 kids.

Resnick was personally recruited for NASA by actress Nichelle “Uhura” Nichols, BTW.

Del Dolemonte on October 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Baumgartner was born in 1969, the year we first landed on the moon. He’s jumped off of just about every tall building on earth, so he needed the challenge of something a little higher.

stukinIL4now on October 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Is Biden fueling the balloon with his hot air? #WWJD #WhatWouldJoeyDo?

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

20 second delay.

tuffy on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Not on Disc channel.

VegasRick on October 14, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The balloon/capsule are descending now.

stukinIL4now on October 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I sure hope there is no stratosphere lightening because as a previous comment detailed……………..Brass Ones

Art on October 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Getting close to jumping. Door is supposed to open automatically. Will he he “Geronimo!” when he jumps? Cause that would be politically incorrect…

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This is all fantastically complicated.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

20 second delay.

tuffy on October 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Thanks…

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

wow the door is open!!!

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

When does he change into the Queen of England costume?

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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
No worries…Spock would handle that I should think…

workingclass artist on October 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Yous guys are killing me.

CW on October 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Door is open.

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Joe is walking him through perfectly. Nothing like having been there yourself. Pros.

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Geronimo!,

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Wow!

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Dayum

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I’m not good at this.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

wow

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

That is just batshyte crazy!

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

He was rolling really fast…now stabilized..Whew!

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Wow! Falling over 700 mph at one point!

wargamer6 on October 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Talking is reassuring.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Di he forget to turn on the headcam?

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Does Baumgartner have a re-entry visa?

coldwarrior on October 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Looks like Kiittinger is still the free fall record holder.

NotCoach on October 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Kudos to Baumgarten!

workingclass artist on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Does he land on a big Red Bull logo?

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Is he going to land in Roswell?

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Almost like the suspense of those couple of minutes when John Glenn was going through re-entry with the bad sun shield where we lost communication and didn’t know what was going on.

stukinIL4now on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

He did it! Wow!!

BocaJuniors on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

He mailed his absentee voting form just before he jumped

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What a landing!

d1carter on October 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

What a step.

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

So exciting!

jimfrommaine on October 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

FANTASTIC!!!!!

TXUS on October 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

WAY TO GO FELIX!

NOMOBO on October 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hurray he’s down safely…

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I don’t think I breathed until he touched ground. My God that was something.

Terrye on October 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Sandra Fluke: “How does this help women protect their lady parts?”

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Romney should use this as US exceptionalism and compare it to Obama gutting NASA.

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Did he break the sound barrier?

DarrelsJoy on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Awesome. Just awesome.

disa on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

My experiment with gravity today is to add 12oz at a time of indentation to the couch. Going well so far. Wish me luck.

wolly4321 on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Did he break the sound barrier?

DarrelsJoy on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Has yet to be determined.

Now all y’all, get out of my pasture!

cozmo on October 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

What a perfect landing!

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

And a stand-up landing!!!

Holleee crapz! I had goose-bumps.

WAY TO GO, FELIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Solaratov on October 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Hillary: “Any woman could have made that jump and made cookies at the same time”

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Romney should use this as US exceptionalism and compare it to Obama gutting NASA.

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

We can be proud that this sort of thing happens in America– even when the star of the show is foreign. This is still where people come to be exceptional.

ChicagoJewishGuy on October 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

What a perfect landing!

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Like he was stepping off the escalator at the airport.

Paul-Cincy on October 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

AWESOME!!

ted c on October 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Now Obama will Photoshop his picture in.

kingsjester on October 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yeah, that was awesome. Stand-up landing. Wow.

peski on October 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Hillary: “Any woman could have made that jump and made cookies at the same time”

faraway on October 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Maybe we can get Hillary to join Obama and do it without a parachute.

SWalker on October 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thank you Jazz for sharing one of your passions with us.

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Curious to see if Mitt or lil barry calls to congratulate him.

Solaratov on October 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Stand up landing visor open. Thumbs up, Felix!

hawkdriver on October 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What? No dead center?

Bravo Zulu.!!!

Wander on October 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

That was awesome!

Sekhmet on October 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Okay. I take back my initial “yawn” comment.

That was cool.

…but I cannot resist the pun.

davisbr on October 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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