Google boss breaks Felix Baumgartner’s free fall record in secret 135,000 foot jump from the edge of space

new freefall world record

Alan Eustace, 57, was wearing a specially designed spacesuit
Was lifted by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium
Took 15 minutes to descend after using explosives to separate himself from balloon
Jump preparations and three year project kept secret until today
Exit Altitude, Vertical Speed and Freefall Distance records broken

Scroll down for video

One of Google’s most senior executive’s has broken Felix Baumgartner’s record for the highest parachute jump in history.
Alan Eustace, 57, a senior vice president of Knowledge at Google, was this morning lifted by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium, from an abandoned runway at an airport in New Mexico.
A well-known computer scientist, he fell faster than the speed of sound and broke Baumgartner’s world altitude record set just two years ago by jumping from 135,000 feet.

Mr Eustace spent two hours and seven minutes climbing to an altitude of 136,401 feet (41,575m or nearly 26 miles). He began his freefall at 135,890 feet.

Wearing a self-contained space suit similar to those used in the international space station, the computer scientist used an explosive device to separate himself from the balloon which elevated him.

He descended towards the earth at speeds which peaked at more than 800mph, breaking the sound barrier and creating a sonic boom.

After landing, he said: “You could see the darkness of space and you could see the atmosphere, which I had never seen before.

Read more: