The Amazing Felix!!


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In addition to my blog about Felix's amazing space jump, many of you asked questions like:

"how did his heart rate cope under such server conditions?"

Some things you may not know about the jump;

Felix was carrying over 60 lbs of equipment on him, not to mention the extreme pressures he had to perform well, and his overall adrenaline and stress blurring his ability to focus.

After doing some reserach, I found that the average 43 year old male resting heart rate is 60 beats per minute. As Felix was lifted off the ground, his heart rate was just that. 60 beats per minute.

As Felix jumped off of his balloon in space, his recorded heart rate was increased to 160-180 beats per minute. This is also the MAXIMUM heart rate during excersise for a 43 year old who is in shape. So although it could potentially be a near death experience, he trained and got his body into perfect shape, so his heart could handle the rate it was going at, even when he was spinning out of control.

Felix wore a heart vest to monitor all activities that were going on. Brittish company Equivital provided equiptment that chicked Felix's vital signs as he landed.

 

The heart vest monitored many things including:

 

Equivital  " is about mobile human monitoring or simply 'life monitoring'. Through Equivitalâ„¢  we want people to have the knowledge and power of utilising information about themselves."

                      --  www.equivital.co.uk

 

Although its a fairly new company, not many people know of it. You have the ability to see what you're body is doing and how it perform in different situations. (ie: Felix)

 

2 Comments

I found the technology they used for the jump to be amazing but how useful is it other than for experimental purposes and for when he made it to the ground. If something had gone wrong with Felix's body, they couldn't have done anything about it until he landed anyways. Although the information would be useful to know as they could be prepared to treat him with the proper equipment when he landed, my point is more that it is pretty useless during the fall. I wonder what the effect of having such weight on him had on the fall. According to a science blog by Rhett Allain, Felix actually fell considerably faster than his projected time. I'm sure the weight of his equipment was considered when they computed the time, but could of it had more of an effect than they considered?
Here's a link to the blog: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/red-bull-stratos-why-didnt-felix-break-the-free-fall-time-record/

He also was probably trained to breathe and keep his heart rate down. I know fighter pilots do special breathing techniques and undergo special training in order to keep them conscious and ready under extremely high pressure situations. Also snipers can be trained to slow their heart rate and shoot in between beats in order to get the perfect, on target shot. I bet felix underwent some serious training in order to prepare his body for this jump. I wonder if his suit had anything special in it in order to keep him going just like astronaut suits do? Or if there were any other serious health concerns with a jump from that high, like what if he passed out midway through the jump?

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