Nov 26, 2003, 6:17 AM
Post #1 of 11
Hey All - A few years ago there was all this talk of 3 people competing for the highest jump ever (130,000ft), but it all suddenly went quiet. What heppend? Did anyone attempt it? IS anyone planning to do it soon?
None of the three have yet to accomplish the feat. One has been right at the "prepared for liftoff" stage, but was thwarted by winds the first time, then both winds and equipment problems the second. That was Micheal Fornier, who was making his attempts from Sask. Canada
is it just me or isn't Cheryl getting way too much attention for something she hasn't done yet? I mean you can book her for speeches and stuff, and yet she hasn't done the jump. Isn't that like me saying I'm planning on jumping from 300,000 feet in 10 years, and then making money off it?
If you were hoping to go to Everest and needed the money to get there you would not have a problem by doing slide shows and talks of your previous successes and/or epic failures for that matter. It's called fund raising and has been done by mountaineers of the very highest and finest caliber all over the world since it's inception. Why shouldn't a world class competitor and many time champion be able to do the same!!??
One of the pages suggests she has already done the jump.
In April 2000 a group of highly talented individuals gathered in Orlando, Florida with the goal of sending one woman on a lifetime achievement mission -- to break the world skydive record of 102,800 feet. In addition to breaking the free fall record, the mission allowed researchers to gather scientific data that could allow astronauts to escape from spacecraft of balloon vehicles outside the Earth's atmosphere. Researchers also gathered data on the impact of transonic acceleration on the human body, for a cost comparison of rocket and high altitude balloon space launches and on spacesuit communications technology.
Mission: a record-setting high-altitude skydive from 130,000 feet, dedicated to scientific research, education, and space exploration.
Records: First human to exceed the speed of sound without a vehicle. Broke 1960 world skydive record of 102,800 feet.
Record Setter: Cheryl Stearns superseded her own incredible lifetime achievements by completing the HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) World Record Skydive, free falling from 130,000 feet.
Team: an international team of military experts, medical specialists, technical engineers, aerospace aviation experts and videographers.
The rest of the page however talks in the future tense.