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Old 02-03-14, 09:57 AM   #1
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That first step is a real lulu...

Freefall from 128,000 ft.

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Here's another take with some history...

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Impressive, but Joe Kittinger was and is the man.
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I remember watching that live. It was amazing seeing the silouette of a man as he began his fall, almost immediately turn into a dot in the distance and then disappear. He was moving.

Now people are looking at suits to enable people to leap from the ISS should there be a disaster and no time to send a rocket up for rescue.
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I remember watching that live. It was amazing seeing the silouette of a man as he began his fall, almost immediately turn into a dot in the distance and then disappear. He was moving.

Now people are looking at suits to enable people to leap from the ISS should there be a disaster and no time to send a rocket up for rescue.
The spinning is the problem. I wonder if gyros could help?
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I remember watching that live. It was amazing seeing the silouette of a man as he began his fall, almost immediately turn into a dot in the distance and then disappear. He was moving.

Now people are looking at suits to enable people to leap from the ISS should there be a disaster and no time to send a rocket up for rescue.
How can you leap from ISS... it is in stable orbit. Any "leap" would leave you in the same orbit... you need to decelerate... would a human lose enough energy in the time they would have for their O2 to last to decelerate enough to break orbit?
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Mmm....gyros. Bring plenty of napkins.
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How can you leap from ISS... it is in stable orbit. Any "leap" would leave you in the same orbit... you need to decelerate... would a human lose enough energy in the time they would have for their O2 to last to decelerate enough to break orbit?
and the re-entry could be spectacular.

and fatal.
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and the re-entry could be spectacular.

and fatal.
Terminal velocity tends to be terminal when it ends abruptly.
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Impressive, but Joe Kittinger was and is the man.
Yup, read a little about him. He is a bad ass.
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WOW! Thanks for the suggestion. Here's a link for the google impaired: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Kittinger

POW in both Korea and Vietnam, He flew 483 combat missions over 3 tours in 'Nam and was shot down and taken prisoner just before his third tour was to end.

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Because he was wearing lululemons?
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I remember watching that live. It was amazing seeing the silouette of a man as he began his fall, almost immediately turn into a dot in the distance and then disappear. He was moving.

Now people are looking at suits to enable people to leap from the ISS should there be a disaster and no time to send a rocket up for rescue.
This would come in handy for an problem like the Columbia shuttle, if they could eject from the damaged craft before reentry.
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A re-entry space suit would still need heat shields and rockets to change the person's orbit. So, basically, it's a mini-capsule.

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