Aside from showing an incredible feat of bravery, there were scientific purposes to Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking leap. And the practical application? How about the potential to one day stealthily drop Spec Op forces into enemy territory? Sounds like a video game.
According to DefenseTech, the military may one day apply what the Stratos team learned for future HALO jumps (high altitude, low opening). “Imagine today’s HALO ops — where special operators jump at, say, 30,000 feet — increased to 120,000 feet. And imagine a SEAL team hurtling toward an objective at supersonic speeds.”
As DefenseTech theorizes, operatives may have a longer glide path, which would allow them to drop from really far away. Even better, the person(s) performing the jump would be virtually undetectable to conventional radar systems.
But there’s one thing that may stand in the way: Air density. Without ideal air density at such extreme altitudes, it’ll be next to impossible, until reaching a reasonable height, for a person to control their trajectory. A person participating in a HALO jump, with the proper equipment, could theoretically get dropped at a predetermined horizontal velocity to travel the necessary distance, but even manning a plane to fly at that height is no small accomplishment.
Will data from the Stratos jump get implemented into future military missions? There’s potential. For now, Felix Baumgartner is still the craziest individual on Earth. But maybe not for long.