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05/26/2008 12:19 PM ID: 71002 Permalink   

Michel Fournier, Sky Diver, Will Jump Into Space

 

Michel Fournier a French sky diver is preparing to jump from a balloon in the stratosphere and land forty kilometers to Earth. Fournier will be wearing a pressurized suit.

Weather permitting he will attempt the jump and if successful will break four world records; the fastest and longest free fall and highest jump and altitude record by man in a balloon.

The altitude he expects to jump at is 4 times higher than the cruising point of a jetliner. It has been a dream of Mr. Fournier's to attempt this jump and be successful after two attempts so far have failed.

 
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  15 Comments
  
  oh please  
 
someones getting bored, or sick of not getting any attention?
 
  by: securityunion     05/26/2008 01:13 PM     
  It is actually very interesting  
 
Think of the US military applications to this, they could drop mechanized marines from space into unsuspecting democracies to overthrow their socialist elected ruler and thus successfully replace him by a violent dictator.
 
  by: Rv3   05/26/2008 02:53 PM     
  Wow 2 comments in  
 
and somehow we already have a
political Debate. I mean I dis-like
our current president as much as the
next guy but damn. I don't see how a
French sky diver with to much free
time has to do with the US military.
You want to draw a better benifit,
think of astronoughts having the
ability to parachute instead of just
go boom when something goes wrong.
 
  by: coteyr2   05/26/2008 06:18 PM     
  "after two attempts so far have failed"  
 
how do you fail at this and still try again? You either jump and die or jump and live.
 
  by: Petry   05/26/2008 07:12 PM     
  @petry  
 
booloon goes of course, bad weather
etc.
 
  by: coteyr2   05/26/2008 07:23 PM     
  It took some effort to make a link.  
 
I would appreciate some congratulations thank you very much.

hehe
 
  by: Rv3   05/26/2008 10:12 PM     
  Been done.  
 
So he floats a foot higher, or a thousand feet higher - he'll still never have as big a' balls as Kittinger (who did this in 1960).
 
  by: azrael darkchyld   05/26/2008 10:14 PM     
  HALO  
 
Look it up, I dont mean the game.

High Altitude Low Oxygen.

This would be impressive 50 years ago, now they need to dive from space itself to impress, even then its just a pilot, not as remarakable as the guy behind it :)

Actually who did design his stuff? Its a bit like a massacre, most people remember the person doing its name and not the victims names.
 
  by: AccessG     05/27/2008 05:57 AM     
  40km  
 
is not space.
 
  by: p_g_chris   05/27/2008 12:34 PM     
  $20  
 
20 bucks says he won't do it today
 
  by: VermiciousG     05/27/2008 02:10 PM     
  Kittinger  
 
Man, that guy's jump was amazing, and 40 years ago so think of the technology available at the time.
 
  by: barryriley   05/27/2008 02:15 PM     
  His balloon left without him ;)  
   
  by: JonSmith     05/27/2008 06:41 PM     
  Too funny  
 
Thanks for the link. This guy can't get a break. That is pretty hilarious.
 
  by: deadtaco   05/27/2008 06:56 PM     
  @AccessG  
 
Actually HALO stands for High Altitude Low Opening. Its a term for a drop into a area at above 10,000 feet, and then opening your chute at the very last moment to avoid detection. Being above 10,000 does mean you have to wear oxygen equipment though

 
  by: Darkjoint   05/28/2008 03:39 PM     
  Poor guy!  
 
Can't believe his balloon just floated away minutes before he was about to go up!! That stinks.
 
  by: fuzz64   05/29/2008 05:12 AM     
 
 
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