Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Me and Felix Baumgartner jumping out of a Gondola in my dreams

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Me and Felix Baumgartner jumping out of a Gondola in my dreams
I am not sure that you have been following Felix Baumgartner’s latest attempt to be the greatest stunt man in the world – or not.

As I watch the on-line promo video it makes my heart skips a beat or two.  And he has even really done the stunt yet.

With the help of Red Bull Energy Drink you can watch the stunt live when it starts and finishes by clicking on this Link . At the present time, pre-launch and jump they are showing a video of the way it will look as the balloon is filled with the gas that is needed, as it ascends and then as Felix prepares to take that last big step out of his protective capsule.

Whoa! I have a strange feeling in my abdomen as Felix is standing there in the promo video.  It is like I have been there too… a long time ago… maybe in my dream a way back when I was younger.

I know now that Felix doesn’t suffer from Aviophobia or Aviatophobia or Pteromerhanophobia – for in a short time he will be doing this back to earth.

Felix may suffer from Atychiphobia or Kakorrhaphiophobia and with this stunt he will conquer it.

He definitely doesn’t suffer from Zeusophobia because he may well be meeting him soon… and definitely not Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia.

So why does a man that is intelligent enough to convince a huge Corporation to pay him a gazillion  dollars to jump out of a balloon gondola at over 37 kms or 23 miles above earth?

The launch was postponed for the last few days because of high winds above the ground.  Apparently too much wind will possible disturb or tear at the very think balloon skin… and poof goes the gondola back to earth before Felix can jump.

Now as I read about what may happen to the poor guy as he steps out of the gondola at that height it isn’t pretty. His space suit could rip and if he is exposed to the atmosphere at that height he could feel his blood boiling inside of his body. Yikes!

Let alone the fact that after he jumps he will possibly hit the speed of sound then pass it – with a bang or a snap or a pop or something.

From Wikipedia “The speed of sound is the distance travelled during a unit of time by a sound wave propagating through an elastic medium. In dry air at 20 °C(68 °F), the speed of sound is 343.2 metres per second (1,126 ft/s). This is 1,236 kilometres per hour (768 mph), or about one kilometer in three seconds or approximately one mile in five seconds.”

But as the one observer stated, no one knows what will happen to a body when it reaches the speed of sound and then passes it…

I think that I can tell you what might happen… anything that is sticking out will likely be torn loose from that part of the body.  Legs and arms come to my mind to start off… then maybe head… or the lower torso.

As fascinated as I am with this project I am concerned for Felix.

The National Post states another interesting fact “Jumping from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners, Baumgartner’s expects to hit a speed of 1,110 kph or more before he activates his parachute at 9,500 feet (2,895 metres) above sea level, or about 1,524 metres above the ground in southeastern New Mexico. The total jump should take about 10 minutes.

My simple question is – when the parachute opens at that high speed… and gives its big jerk as it fills with the rapid move downward… how will his body react to this?  It seems to me that the body and all its soft tissue, plus every organ inside of it will suddenly be jerked from say 768 mph to a mere 300 mph pretty quickly.  What about the bodily fluids – he had better be empty…

The fastest free fall recorded is 321 mph using a chute to stop the guy’s fall.  Mr. Baumgartner will be double that if not more.

Now I know that I will be dreaming about my own free fall in a night coming soon. Things like this set me off in my own head space.

Good luck Felix Baumgartner!

Murray Lincoln
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