Google's vice president Alan Eustace safely jumps from the stratosphere over New Mexico, beating the previous skydiving world record. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Google's vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from the stratosphere on Thursday (October 24) breaking Felix Baumgartner's world altitude record performed over New Mexico. Eustace was lifted up 135,890 feet (41,420 metres) by an enormous balloon while wearing a specially designed pressurized space suit, the Paragon Space Development Corporation said. He remained in a free fall for approximately 4.5 minutes before landing safely nearly 70 miles from his launch point, setting a world record for the highest skydive and breaking the sound barrier in the process. Eustace landed safely on the ground just 15 minutes after he was lifted into the air. The previous altitude record was set by the Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from a skateboard-sized shelf outside the 11-by-8-foot (3.3-by-2.4 metre) fiberglass and acrylic capsule that was carried at 128.100 feet (39,045 meters) on October 14, 2012.