After setting the world record for the highest -altitude jump this Friday, Alan Eustace is now one of the higher-ups at Google for sure. He breaks the sound barrier before opening his parachute in an almost 25.7-mile fall.
Alan Eustace, 57, senior vice president of knowledge at Google rose above Roswell, New Mexico for about two hours using a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium, The New York Times reported.
He hung below the balloon wearing a spacesuit along with the life-support system and the GoPro cameras. After reaching 135,908 feet, Eustace cut the cord and began a 15-min fall that reportedly hit peak speeds of more than 800 miles/hour.
During the dive, observers reported hearing a small sonic roar, but Eustace said he didn’t hear any such thing, The New York Times reported.
Eustace told the NYT, “It was a wild, wild ride. I hugged on to the equipment module and tucked my legs and I held my heading.”
The previous record was set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner in October 2012 by jumping off 128,100 feet using a sophisticated capsule and was backed by millions of dollars in sponsorship money. However, Eustace avoided taking support from Google because he didn’t want the jump to become a marketing event.