In 2012, Red Bull’s Project Stratos captured the world’s attention. The company built a specialized capsule which took renowned skydiver Felix Baumgartner to the edge of space on a helium balloon. From there, he jumped back down to Earth, setting the record for the fastest and highest skydive ever undertaken. Unfortunately for Red Bull however, records don’t stand for very long.
Several days ago Google Vice President Alan Eustace broke the record for the highest ever skydive after jumping from a height of over 40km. Riding on a helium balloon operated by Paragon Space Development Corporation, Eustace rose to a final height of 135,890 feet above sea level - significantly higher than Baumgartner’s 128,000 feet - before being released to skydive back to Earth.
During this fall, Eustace reached supersonic speeds, travelling at 1,300 km/h, breaking several additional speed records. At this speed it only took the veteran parachutist 4 minutes and 21 seconds to make it back to the ground in New Mexico. Watch excerpts from this terrifying jump in the video below:
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