‘Supersonic skydive could break history’

Telegram & Gazette | NECN | Channel 3 | Boston Herald

October 10th, 2012 by 

Image by Rob Carlin

Matthew Koss, professor of physics at the College of the Holy Cross, weighed in on Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner attempt to break the sound barrier in his 23-mile-plunge from the edge of space to the Earth.  Koss told various media outlets that the stunt presents a number of challenges but there’s no new technological innovation that will be used. Koss said the descent itself will probably be the trickiest. He explained that the drop will build up tremendous energy and heat, which Baumgartner must work to dissipate.

He also explained that the suit he will be wearing, which was made here in Worcester at the David Clark Co., will do much of the work. “But he does have to control his body so he doesn’t start spinning,” he says. “He could spin so quickly, he could black out or do some damage to his eyes.”

The jump was postponed due to high winds.

News coverage:

Telegram & Gazette, Oct. 9: Worcester’s David Clark Co. a key player in record plunge

NECN, Oct. 9: Supersonic skydive could break history

NECN/Channel 3, Oct. 9: Worcester, Mass. company plays key role in skydiver’s record

Boston Herald, Oct. 10: Delay deflates Worcester company’s joy

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.

| More
Tags
Categories
In The News, News

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
09/23/14 Swim Across America Bonds Swimming & Diving Teams
09/23/14 Internationally Known Religious Leader and Worcester Native To Discuss American Judaism
09/22/14 In Memoriam: Terri Priest, Associate Professor Emeritus of Studio Art
09/22/14 Teach For America Ranks Holy Cross as a Top Contributor for Sixth Year in a Row
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Artist-in-Residence Cristina Pato and Renowned Composer Osvaldo Golijov to Lead Concert and Panel Discussion

Watch Video >
See video
Environmental Champion Slottje ’89 on Crusade to Protect America Against Fracking

Watch Video >
See video
Strong Alumni Support Makes for Record-Breaking Year in Giving to Holy Cross

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

09/23/2014

TIME, MEMORY, IDENTITY: Concert and Panel Discussion

See More >
09/28/2014

16th Annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk and 5k Run

See More >
10/25/2014

Craft Demonstrations by Refugee Artisans of Worcester

See More >
10/25/2014

Tableaux Vivants of the Italian Presepe

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

09/22/14

‘Tesla’s removal of patent restrictions a boost for electric cars’

Worcester Business Journal

In an op-ed for the Worcester Business Journal, Christine Fimognari ’15 discusses a decision by Tesla, a manufacturer of electric cars, to remove patent restrictions in the...

08/05/14

‘Princeton Review Ranks Holy Cross Among Best Institutions for Undergraduate Education in the Country’

College ranks no. 9 nationally for most accessible professors

The College of the Holy Cross is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best...

07/30/14

‘Holy Cross Ranks No. 53 on Forbes’ List of America’s Top Colleges’

Forbes.com

The College of the Holy Cross ranked no. 53 overall and no. 44 among private colleges on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges. Forbes partnered with the Washington,...