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    Quote Originally Posted by jakerooni View Post
    anyone got a date for this event? I hope it gets some air time that would be cool to watch live.
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    now that would be fun ride...I am jealous.

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    Holy mother of god that dude is insane!

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    What's insane is the fact that this same feat was done some 50 years ago. Given how far technology has advanced in that amount of time, this should be a walk in the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquid Euphoria View Post
    How did he not burn up?
    I'll take this one:

    Every body has a specific velocity that is required to achieve orbit around that velocity, called the "escape velocity" The space shuttle, and ISS and every other satellite that is permanently orbiting the earth is at that velocity. That velocity literally allows their masses to "fall around the earth" so to speak. For the earth, that is a minimum of about 11.2km/s (kilometers per SECOND). Any object that comes down to earth from orbit, must be decelerating from that speed at minimum. That high rate of speed, combined with the frictional effects from moving through a fluid (the atmosphere) at that speed, are what generate the heat that we hear about with regards to re-entry.

    This balloon jump does not attempt to reach orbit, and it's speed is subject to the rate of ascent, and any air currents which may drift it a bit. He will in essence be moving with the earth, straight up and down, therefore he won't have to worry about the effects of moving at 11.2km/s.

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    Red Bull 'riders' is always pushing the limits and doing stuff that is unbelievable, i just can't wait to see what they do after this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-VO View Post
    I'll take this one:

    Every body has a specific velocity that is required to achieve orbit around that velocity, called the "escape velocity" The space shuttle, and ISS and every other satellite that is permanently orbiting the earth is at that velocity. That velocity literally allows their masses to "fall around the earth" so to speak. For the earth, that is a minimum of about 11.2km/s (kilometers per SECOND). Any object that comes down to earth from orbit, must be decelerating from that speed at minimum. That high rate of speed, combined with the frictional effects from moving through a fluid (the atmosphere) at that speed, are what generate the heat that we hear about with regards to re-entry.

    This balloon jump does not attempt to reach orbit, and it's speed is subject to the rate of ascent, and any air currents which may drift it a bit. He will in essence be moving with the earth, straight up and down, therefore he won't have to worry about the effects of moving at 11.2km/s.
    Very well put, I already knew this since I have studied astronomy but that is a great breakdown.
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    that is incredible, hell of a trip!
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    The website says 614mph, not 714. The speed of sound is 768mph, therefore he did not break the barrier.

    Still amazing and very impressed.

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