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Luke Aikins Planning No-Parachute Jump From 25 000ft

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Luke Aikins may not be a household name like Felix Baumgartner or Jeb Corliss, but he has been instrumental in the development of several high profile stunts and well known skydiving events. Born into the skydiving world, it was almost natural that Luke would go on to follow in his family's footsteps. Over the years he has amassed over 16 000 jumps, while also establishing himself as a skilled BASE jumper.

He worked directly as a consultant with the Red Bull Stratos team, acting as a vital aspect in the highly publicized Baumgartner jump. Luke is also one of the safety and training advisers for the USPA, and helped in creating the Red Bull Aces wingsuit event.

However Luke is now looking to emerge from the background and place himself at the center, by making a jump from 25 000ft, without the use of a parachute, in the project titled "Heaven Sent".

The idea relies heavily on his skills as a precision flyer, requiring unbelievable accuracy in order to land in a 100x100 foot net, which will be suspended above the ground. In the first video teaser for the event (above), Luke goes on to mention that while the size of the net may seem large, from the point of exit, it would not even be visible.

This would not be the first jump where a skydiver has exited the plane without a parachute, with motocross legend Travis Pastrana being one of those, who famously exited shirtless, drinking a can of Red Bull. However, the big difference here is that in other occasions of "parachuteless" exits, the skydiver was then grabbed in freefall and still landed under a canopy, or placed their rig on while in freefall. With Luke Aikins, there will be no one and nothing to catch him, except for the hundred foot net, and Luke will be exiting from more than twice the height.

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verticalflyer
Interesting stunt, but Why? Purely a spectacle or is this going to advance something what are we missing?

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rvonburger
Surely you can do the math yourself verticalflyer. I think this is the start of something new and I guarantee people from around the world see it and think to themselves, "A door has been open."

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michalm21
a door to what exactly?

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garlyn
Wouldn't want to get the spot wrong!

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verticalflyer
Rvonburger. Really you think we will all be jumping without rigs and tracking to our landing net. We must be living on different planets. This is a stunt. However if we are all doing this in 2 years I'll buy the beers.

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Channman
Is the next large enough to contain his BALLs? I pray all goes well

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CloudyHead
i think the door he is referring to is the one which is crafted by the pioneer, the artist, the one who is brave enough to be first. Others will then follow through the door and create an entire sport out of it.

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NickByrd
I haven't heard anything else about this in a year! Does anyone know the story behind this story? Was it cancelled?

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corpkid
July 30th... Fingers crossed he makes his spot! Yikes.

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