“I kind of liked the idea of an old, ancient engineer setting a world record for skydiving,” he told Business Insider.The fall was 1.5 miles longer than the one Austrian base jumper and skydiverFelix Baumgartnercompleted in 2012. Eustace was not as speedy as Baumgartner, though his maximum speed was about 820 mph, whereas Baumgartner reached 833 mph.“To me, daredevils are people that try to do crazy things where there’s a lot of variables that are unknown and the chances of being injured or killed are really high,” he said.( ya though, a life without risk is a waste of life). Eustace started his career
working for computer giants like HP and Compaq, then joined Google when the company was just four years old. He ascended to senior vice president of Google’s “knowledge” department before retiring at age 58.
Eustace jumped from aheight that airplanes can’t reachthe air in the stratosphere is too thin to hold them aloft. But he didn’t want to travel up to the stratosphere in a typical air balloon, or ride inside an oxygenated, pressurized pod like the one Baumgartner used.Instead, Eustace decided to rise to his jumping altitude by attaching himself to a gas-powered balloon larger than a football field,( did you hear that, larger than a football field😱😨) which climbed upwards over two hours as he dangled below.
Eustace also wore a space diaper(haha…what a baby) like the ones astronautsuse during launches and spacewalks.
When he was finally rigged up and ready to go, his suit setup looked like a real-life go-go-gadget contraption. On his record-breaking descent, Eustace fell faster than the speed of sound(dude did you hear that, faster than the speed of sound)
He didn’t have much time to enjoy the view. During the 4 minutes and 27 seconds of his un-parachuted fall, he was mostly focused on making minute adjustments to his elbows that helped him stay on course and avoid a dangerous spin.
The last 10 minutes of his fall were under the parachute, “although the majority of the memories are more with the freefall,” he said. Their longterm goal is to get people up in a big capsule-like environment, where you can just go up and enjoy the views, and come down safely, and anybody can do it” Eustace said of World View. “Let’s enjoy the stratosphere for what it is. One of the most beautiful places on Earth or maybe above Earth, depending on how you look at it.” So sooner than later we would be able to pay for a trip to the stratosphere.
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