Red Bull Space Jump... Live

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Cajuncowboy, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I saw a crappy stream rip that was posted to YouTube and at first I was asking myself if he was flopping around.

    Didn't look good.

    I realize it's a crazy height to fall from but you'd think that once he gets down to skydiving level he's going to slow down enough to where he's in his comfort zone and can more easily control the fall.
  2. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    True. They do the weak "bunny hop" during the initial jump to try and prevent any unnecessary flipping. When the atmosphere is so thin, there is no way to control the flipping. Once the air thickens, more control can be had. Back to the reason for the weak bunny hop. They do this so that flipping doesn't get dangerously out of control before control can be regained.

    The issue is, the uncontrolled flipping can get to the point that physical damage can occur not allowing the jumper to regain control, or a mental obstruction (like dizziness, physical sickness, or even blackouts) can occur also preventing the jumper from regaining control once possible.

    Obviously, those situations can result in death.
  3. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I wonder how long it would take to float down if you opened your chute from near that height? Can you imagine floating down for 24 miles?
  4. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Well, if he immediately opened his chute, I think his chute would have just been in free fall just like him. The question is at what point would it actually have some affect.

    Interesting question. I would love to see something like that happen just to see exactly what would happen.
  6. Mr_Bill

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    If he had done that it would have taken a lot less time than it actually did. Since he was tumbling (and the chute would not have helped that at that altitude), it would undoubtedly have become tangled up with his body, which would have made quite a splat.

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