Wed, Feb 06, 2013
Record-Setting Freefall Reached 843.6 MPH
When Felix Baumgartner stepped off his capsule into the fringe of space, he began a freefall that eventually reached 843.6 miles per hour ... or Mach 1.25. That makes him the first human to break the sound barrier without any kind of mechanical assistance.
The Red Bull Stratos team posted peer-reviewed results on its website this week. According to the verified data, Baumgartner fell faster than the speed of sound for about 30 seconds before resistance from the thickening atmosphere began to slow him down. He said that for about 35 seconds, he could not sense the air around him "because there was none." He reportedly experienced 25.2 seconds of "absolute weightlessness" during the the initial stages of the freefall.
Other verified statistics indicate that Baumgartner began his freefall from an altitude of 127,852.4 feet, which is slightly lower than the initial estimate of 128,100 feet.
Red Bull says that the documentation was finalized after the mission's science team conducted a private peer review, the "Red Bull Stratos Scientific Summit," at the California Science Center on January 23, 2013. Attendees included NASA astronauts, U.S. Air Force officers, and representatives from commercial aerospace companies such as Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX, XCOR, Sierra Nevada Corporation and others. The team says that knowing that a person can survive such a jump is important when considering emergency exit contingencies for commercial space travel.
The data are currently under review by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, which certifies world records for aviation.
(Image provided by Red Bull)
Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]
It’s So Simple to Operate, Anyone Can do it… And we’re Not Kidding The drones were up and flying at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 20>[...]
Aero-News Quote of the Day "During the holiday season, it's especially important to give back. Knowing so many families were provided transportation to doctors because of Miracle F>[...]
Aero Linx: German Business Aviation Association (GBAA) The German Business Aviation Association is a registered association representing the interests of corporate aviation and of >[...]
Flight Level A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury. Each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet. For e>[...]