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Alan Eustace broke world altitude record for a parachute jump

Oct 25, 2014 12:07 IST

Alan Eustace, a senior Google vice-president on 24 October 2014 broke the world altitude record for highest free-fall parachute jump. Eustace broke the world altitude record of parachute jump set by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.

57-year-old Eustace jumped in a specially designed space suit from an altitude of 135908-feet. Baumgartner created a world record of jumping from 128000 feet on 12 October 2012.

He was carried by a large balloon filed with 35000 cubic feet of helium from New Mexico to over 40 kilometers (25 miles) above the earth. After Jumping, he crossed the speed of more than 1300 kilometer per hour, which exceeded the speed of sound, setting off a small sonic boom, and broke three skydiving records in the process. After starting his fall, he reached earth within 15 minutes.

This dive was part of a project led by Paragon Space Development Corporation.


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