Breaking the Sound Barrier from Skydiving

Breaking the Sound Barrier from Skydiving

Tandem Skydive
Tandem Skydive

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to imagine that every time a person skydives they were actually closer to space than most people ever get. Well one person has gotten closer to space than even most skydivers have gotten. Yet another attempt at breaking the world record for skydiving from a certain height was made. The result was a Google vice president jumping from over 135,000 feet in the air.

This isn’t something that can normally be achieved though. Even the previous record holder at 128,000 feet in the air had to use some special equipment when they skydived at that height. That’s because this level is right around the stratosphere, which is technically on the outskirts of the Earth’s atmosphere. That means you can’t even reach those heights without passing out due to a lack of oxygen.

That is where a special suit designed by Paragon Space Development Company came into play. The suit was created over a few years of hard work and devotion around the idea that humans being able to get into the upper stratosphere of planets could end up being useful in the future.

The result was a suit that could withstand the force of surpassing the sound barrier, which is what Alan Eustace did when he jumped from his impossible space height and descended around 800 mph for four and a half minutes until he deployed his parachute. Alan didn’t even seem to notice that he passed the sound barrier from within the suit, which goes to prove just how effective the suit might be for future space travel and other areas of extreme condition.

Still, Alan succeeded in a jump that won him multiple world records in skydiving and it seems like the technology is only going to grow better from there.

Source: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/google_executives_near-space_l.html

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