– A Google executive has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a leap from the edge of space.
Alan Eustace’s supersonic jump early Friday from a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon is part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team. The goal is to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore the stratosphere.
Eustace started his dive at 135,908 feet. He remained in freefall for about 4.5 minutes, hitting a top speed of 822 mph.
It’s interesting that, unlike the previous record setting jump by Felix Baumgartner, there was virtually no publicity of this. What was once extraordinary is now, if not routine, hardly worth more than a few paragraphs.