Highest freefall parachute jump
On 24 October , after ascending to a height of 41, m (, ft) above Roswell, New Mexico, USA, attached to a helium-filled balloon, Google’s Senior Vice President Alan Eustace (USA) was released to set a new exit altitude record, as verified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) on 14 April The Guinness World Records' record for the most people playing parachute is 3, with parachutes and was achieved by children from the Gaza Strip, at the Khan Younis Stadium, Gaza, on 30 June
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.
You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before. The company has been working to create a self-contained spacesuit that could be sold commercially. About us. Contact Us. Submit a World Record. World Record Academy. World Record registration. Book of World Records. World Record Certificate. World Records in the News. RSS News Feed. World Record List. Amazing Feats world records. Arts world records.
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Parachuting started many years ago and now has turn into a sport which many people do and which is training for many people in the army. About forty years ago Captain John Kittinger had parachuted from the highest altitude ever and today still holds the record for the highest parachute jump . Oct 25, · Eustace deployed his parachute at 18, feet and landed safely about 70 miles from the takeoff point. Eustace trained for the mission for three years, though his . Oct 15, · Daredevil Makes Record-Breaking Supersonic Jump Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes the highest skydive ever Oct. 14, He jumped from , feet .
By John Markoff. The jump was made by Alan Eustace, 57, a senior vice president of Google. At dawn he was lifted from an abandoned runway at the airport here by a balloon filled with 35, cubic feet of helium. For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1, feet per minute to an altitude of more than 25 miles. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system.
He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.
Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.
He did not feel or hear the boom as he passed the speed of sound, he said. He performed two slow backflips before a small parachute righted him. His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site.
To do it safely is a testament to the people involved. Based on information from two data loggers, the final number being submitted to the World Air Sports Federation is , feet.
The previous altitude record was set by the Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner , who jumped from , feet on Oct. Eustace was carried aloft without the aid of the sophisticated capsule used by Mr. Baumgartner or millions of dollars in sponsorship money. Instead, Mr. Eustace planned his jump in secrecy, working for almost three years with a small group of technologists skilled in spacesuit design, life-support systems, and parachute and balloon technology.
He carried modest GoPro cameras aloft, connected to his ground-control center by an off-the-shelf radio. Although Mr.
Baumgartner was widely known for death-defying feats, Mr. Eustace describes himself as an engineer first with a deep commitment to teamwork. He pilots his own Cessna twin-engine jet and has a reputation in Silicon Valley for thrill-seeking. After he decided to pursue the project in , Mr. Eustace was introduced to Taber MacCallum, one of the founding members of the Biosphere 2 project, an artificial closed ecosystem built to explore concepts such as space colonization.
Eustace had decided to pursue a simpler approach than Mr. He asked Mr. Eustace said Google had been willing to help with the project, but he declined company support, worried that his jump would become a marketing event. Eustace said he gained a love of space and spaceflight while growing up in Orlando, Fla.
His family crowded into a station wagon to watch every launch from Cape Canaveral known as Cape Kennedy during some of that time.
A veteran aircraft pilot and parachutist, he worked as a computer hardware designer at Digital Equipment Corporation for 15 years before moving to Google in Eustace said that his technical team designed and redesigned many of the components of his parachute and life-support system during the three-year development phase. Many of the redesigns were the result of technical surprises. For example, he discovered that in order to control his suit, he was required to make movements that were exactly the opposite of the control motions made by a conventional parachutist.
Left movements must be made for rightward motion, for instance, and upward movements for downward motion. The stratosphere becomes warmer at higher elevations, and the suit designers had to figure out how to keep Mr. Eustace sufficiently cool at the top of the stratosphere, because there is no atmosphere to remove the heat.
His suit did not have a cooling system, so it was necessary to make elaborate design modifications to keep dry air in his helmet so that his face plate did not fog.
In order to keep from overheating, Mr. Eustace kept his motions to a minimum during his ascent, including avoiding moving his arm to toggle a radio microphone. Instead, he responded to ground controllers watching him from a camera rigged above his suit by slightly moving one leg to acknowledge their communications.
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