What happened on one of the earlier balloon ascents illustrates the nature of Kittinger's commitment. The plan was to ascend above 90,000ft in a pressurized capsule the size of a telephone booth. As the inflation of the once-only balloon started Kittinger accidently opened his 4-pin round main, which was the only means of escape if the balloon tore open during the ascent, which was a commmon event. Rather than scratch the mission, which would have killed the project, Kittinger successfully repacked a 28ft round while standing in a area the size of a telephone booth and wearing a spacesuit. He did this without the ground crew finding out, with no prior packing experience and without a pullup cord.
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