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Launch details and exclusive photos of Michel Fournierís Super Jump project unveiled


Great Excursion Company founder and former Canadian manager of the project Claude-Jean Harel takes viewers behind the scenes at the Super Jump launch site in North Battleford at:

Through detailed explanations and never before published photographs featuring Michel and his project over the years, Harel gives readers additional insight into the kind of preparation required in organizing Le Grand Saut.

ďAs Michel get ready to rise to 40 kilometers, a number of steps must take place, from him breathing pure Oxygen as part of the Nitrogen removal process in his blood to the balloon inflation process; these are all details which people from around the world find fascinating,ď harel said. ĒI thought Michelís fans would appreciate taking a closer look at photographs from previous Super Jump attempts in 2002 and 2003 to get a better sense of what is all involved"

Even if those previous attempts were unsuccessful, the photographic journey toward D-day in both cases is particularly telling, Harel noted.

When Fournier launches what is otherwise known as Le Grand Saut, rising in a giant helium balloon in North Battleford, he hopes to smash through the sound barrier with a record-breaking 40,000-metre (130,000-foot) freefall jump.

Michel hopes to set four new world records at once: for highest freefall parachute speed, at 1,500 kilometers (2,400 miles) per hour, 1.3 times the speed of sound, along with fastest and highest jump and highest manned balloon flight.


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