Felix Baumgartner crushed the world record for highest-altitude jump when he excellently fell 128,100 feet to Earth on October 9, 2012. Funded by Red Bull, the event was a global spectacle as 12.6 million people viewed the event lives.
Yesterday, In the early morning hours of October 24, 57-year-old computer expert Alan Eustace silently broke that record by finishing a jump from over a mile higher at 135,890 feet.
He had joined with Paragon Space Development Corporation and was trying one of their life support spacesuits; the event was not done just for advertising. The suit sheltered Eustace from the severe temperature changes as he arised and then fell away through the atmosphere, and provided pure oxygen for him to respire.
Eustace, a senior VP at Google, was elevated off a airstrip in Roswell, New Mexico by a large, helium-filled balloon. The balloon was attached straight to his spacesuit, dragging him up to his target over a path of two hours. As he wasn’t elated with a capsule like Baumgartner, he was really able immerse in the height at which he was going to fall and experience the variations in height. When it came time to jump, a small short-tempered device freed him from the balloon, and he fell down over 25 miles to the Earth’s surface in fair 15 minutes.
Eustace got a top speed of 822 miles an hour and broke the speed of sound less than two minutes into his free fall. His parachute released when he got at 18,000 feet, and he carefully landed on the ground about 70 miles far from where he launched.