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Supersonic Skydiver

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Skydiver preparing for 120,000-foot supersonic fall -

Anyone want to speculate on the physical effects of breaking the sound barrier on a human? I'm not entirely sure I understand what happens - the sound waves of your passing are in essence building up behind your axis of flight right? So isn't it dangerous to come back from supersonic? Depending on the altitude at which crossing that threshold occurs, there would be more or less pressure built up behind you, so I could see that wreaking havoc with his parachute or maybe tossing him around a bit extra?

Kudos to Red Bull too :yesway:
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This will not end well :lol:
True, his terminal velocity might be much less than the speed of sound.

According to wikipedia, the speed of sound is 1,125 ft/s.

According to Terminal Velocity if the guy is 200lbs and about 2sqft in area, his terminal velocity is 2995 ft/s. I wonder how much force a parachute can handle...
Now, this other calculator gives a different result:
CalcTool: Terminal velocity calculator
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