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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by oldos2er View Post
    Oh, and did anyone else notice that yesterday was the anniversary of another guy who broke Mach 1?
    Yeah 65 years ago to the day Chuck Yeager did it in a plane. Wonder if he was watching Felix.

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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Yeah 65 years ago to the day Chuck Yeager did it in a plane. Wonder if he was watching Felix.
    Apparently not: he was reliving his moment breacking mach 1 again 65 years later in Mojave yesterday - at 89 years old:
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/us/nev...ght/index.html

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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Felix got another record...YouTube livestream viewers.

    http://allthingsd.com/20121014/felix...st-event-ever/


    The previous record was established during London's Olympics and was just 500,000 viewers.

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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by oldos2er View Post
    So the unofficial speed Felix reached is Mach 1.24, which is amazing to me.
    Yeah, I was kind of wondering about that. I didn't think terminal velocity is faster than the speed of sound.
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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    Yeah, I was kind of wondering about that. I didn't think terminal velocity is faster than the speed of sound.
    It's not. He actually slowed down to terminal velocity once he reached the atmosphere. Terminal velocity for a skydiver has been computed between 53 and 76 m/s, while the speed of sound is 340.29 m/s.

    I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about the whole thing. She was curious about how the parachute could have held him when he was falling so fast. I pointed out that as he fell into the denser atmosphere he slowed down due to drag, so that his speed when he actually deployed his chute was roughly the same as any other sky diver jumping out of a plane.
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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguruguy View Post
    It's not. He actually slowed down to terminal velocity once he reached the atmosphere. Terminal velocity for a skydiver has been computed between 53 and 76 m/s, while the speed of sound is 340.29 m/s.

    I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about the whole thing. She was curious about how the parachute could have held him when he was falling so fast. I pointed out that as he fell into the denser atmosphere he slowed down due to drag, so that his speed when he actually deployed his chute was roughly the same as any other sky diver jumping out of a plane.
    So he broke the sound barrier before he entered denser atmosphere?
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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    So he broke the sound barrier before he entered denser atmosphere?
    Yeah, I think that's the biggest reason he jumped from the height that he did.

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    Re: Highest, fastest freefall attempt @ 12:00 UTC today

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    So he broke the sound barrier before he entered denser atmosphere?
    Yes, no way of doing it in denser air.

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