Monday, October 27, 2014
Highest parachute jump: Alan Eustace breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)
ROSWELL, NM, USA -- Google vice president Alan Eustace, 57, plunged 135,890 feet from high in the atmosphere in a specialized space suit, breaking Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner's Guinness World Records world altitude record for highest parachute jump set in 2012 and seting the new world record for the Highest parachute jump, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: GOOGLE vice-president Alan Eustace has jumped from an altitude of 41,150 metres to break the world record set two years ago by Austria's Felix Baumgartner. Photo: Pragon Space Development Corporation
The Guinness World Records' record for the most people playing parachute is 3,520 with 176 parachutes and was achieved by children from the Gaza Strip, at the Khan Younis Stadium, Gaza, on 30 June 2011.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most tandem parachute jumps completed within 24 hours at a single venue; it is 281 and was organised by Skydive UK Ltd (UK) at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Devon, UK, on 21 June 2014.
Eustace embarked on the supersonic skydive near the top of the stratosphere over Roswell, New Mexico, just after dawn on Friday, as he was in free fall, the BBC reports.
He was lifted from an abandoned runway at the airport tethered to a high-altitude helium balloon, which, according to the New York Times.
When he reached his jump point – over 25 miles high – Eustace dangled for a half hour to enjoy the experience.
"It was amazing," he said. "It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before."
The dive was orchestrated by the Paragon Space Development Corporation, which leads projects that explore the stratosphere, the BBC reports. The company has been working to create a self-contained spacesuit that could be sold commercially.
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