I hope this makes it to the blog before it actually starts.
Earliest launch now 11:30AM MDT/17:30 GMT on October 9th
Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
So is the jumper a pilot or just ballast?
Stefan, at 120,000 ft there is practicaly no atmosphere so terminal velocity is much higher and the speed of sound is less.
I heard that the atmosphere wasn't interested in this little game, so it got up and walked off leaving fewer particles to slow a descent ;)
Speed of sound in free fall? What happened to terminal velocity?
Yes, it is cancelled :(
unfortunately, it seems that the launch is cancelled due to strong winds.
Sorry for the live feed it's here
(and there is a lot more to watch)
yep watching it (when it starts moving)
Monroe sent me the link, this is (again) history in the making.