Space Diving: Jumping From Space To Earth At 2500mph

Posted: Jun 27 2007, 1:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 2:32am CDT, in News | Other Stuff


Space Diving: Jumping from Space to Earth at 2500mph
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It seems a group of scientists have got together and devised what could be the most extreme sport ever. The project is aimed at engineering survivable jumps from 120,000 feet, giving astronauts in low earth orbit an escape route should things go awry.

Hoping to attempt the 120,000-foot jump by 2009, scientists say that the jumper could reach speeds of more than 2500 mph in a controlled dive before entering the earth’s atmosphere.

A special chute would open to prevent potentially fatal tumbling during reentry and once in the atmosphere the person would slow to 120MPH where a normal parachute would open for the final landing. If the 120,000-foot jump can be done, the hope is to engineer systems allowing astronauts to survive this sort of reentry from 150 miles or higher above the earth. Via Sci Fi Tech

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