News | Science

BigGayDeal.com

What Happens If Felix Baumgartner Breaks The Sound Barrier? VIDEO

FelixJump

Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner came one step closer to breaking the skydiving record by jumping 18-miles above Earth yesterday, reaching an estimated 536mph during his free fall.

On his next mission, Baumgartner hopes to break both the record held US Colonel Joe Kittinger, who in 1960 dropped from 19 miles up, and the sound barrier. So what happens if a human body reaches that magic number — 690 mph — and barrels through the sound barrier?

Mike Todd, a technical engineer for the Red Bull Stratos mission that backs Baumgartner, was asked this question in 2010, when the sound barrier plans were first announced. His answer? It's unclear what will happen if Baumgartner hits his mark.

"We just don’t know what will happen to Felix and the suit when he goes supersonic," he told the New York Times. "Felix could slip right through it, but if half the suit’s supersonic and the other half isn’t, there could be turbulence that knocks him out of control."

We'll have to wait until Baumgartner's 23-mile jump next month to see whether he can break on through to the other side.

Until then, watch some footage of yesterday's jump AFTER THE JUMP...

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. God, how I love courageous men who fearlessly blaze new trails for humanity--the essence of masculinity.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 26, 2012 10:18:20 AM


  2. "Earth below us, drifting falling
    falling weightless, calling calling home"
    --Peter Schilling, Major Tom (Coming Home)

    Posted by: Alessar | Jul 26, 2012 10:21:28 AM


  3. Um...what's the point?

    Posted by: Butch | Jul 26, 2012 10:25:01 AM


  4. I think you have to be demented to do this sort of thing. I get vertigo from looking down from a three storey building.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 26, 2012 10:28:43 AM


  5. He's the ambassador of Mtn Dew...so, he's doing it for their sake and of course plenty of money and Rick's respect.

    Posted by: Alejo | Jul 26, 2012 10:59:53 AM


  6. Actually, he won't break Mach 1 because it increases as the air gets thinner with altitude.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 26, 2012 11:31:27 AM


  7. This is Devil's work.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 26, 2012 12:13:48 PM


  8. "God, how I love courageous men who fearlessly blaze new trails for humanity--the essence of masculinity."

    LOL!!! You can't even tell the real Rick posts from the fake ones because he's such a parody of himself.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 26, 2012 12:24:58 PM


  9. Felix is pretty hot. Wondering what the thing is dragging behind him when he jumps. Is that his parachute or some sort of drag to keep him from falling too fast?

    Posted by: MattS | Jul 26, 2012 4:04:15 PM


  10. "Felix could slip right through it, but if half the suit’s supersonic and the other half isn’t, there could be turbulence that knocks him out of control."

    This guy must be so much fun at parties.

    "Hmm, that's an interesting question..what will happen to Felix...well, either he will either die a excruciatingly painful death, or a hilarious, but gruesome death. Tough to say."

    Posted by: Miguel R | Jul 26, 2012 8:14:14 PM


  11. Matts- thanks for the tip. He's like David Beckham's slightly more rugged and less pretty (and thus hotter) brother.

    Posted by: Miguel R | Jul 26, 2012 8:15:13 PM


Post a comment







Trending


« «Bullied Teens Seek Kirk Cameron's Ear« «