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Submission + - Austrian skydiver to leap from the edge of space, free fall at supersonic speeds ( 2

Cutting_Crew writes: "Austrian skydiver Felix_Baumgartner will attempt a supersonic free fall on October 8th as the worlds highest skydive.

According to the Christian Science Monitor "The current record for world's highest skydive stands at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). It was set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, who serves as an adviser for Baumgartner's mission. If Baumgartner succeeds on Oct. 8, he will break not only that mark but also the sound barrier, becoming the first skydiver ever to fall at supersonic speeds, Red Bull Stratos officials said. During the July 25 jump, Baumgartner's top freefall speed was 537 mph (864 kph) — about as fast as a commercial airliner.

Let's hope that the weather on the 8th is as good as they hope for. It would be awesome to have a real time camera feed from his helmet."


Submission + - World's First Spaceport in New Mexico Desert (

Cutting_Crew writes: "I am sure many of us have heard about this story here or here but it looks like Spaceport America is finally ready to take off(no pun intended). The latest construction pictures are up to view. Want to be one of the first to take a ride? It will set you back $200,000.

I don't know how many people will be able to afford such a trip, outside of Las Vegas, Hollywood, Cupertino, Redmond and few retirees but I suppose they are thinking that they can make their money back with this project in the long term. Touring the space frontier seems a little steep. A lot of people are just trying to make living in a home a reality without being foreclosed on."

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