Alan Eustace, Google senior Vice-President as he is lifted by a helium balloon from an abandoned airfield near Roswell, New Mexico
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Skydive from edge of space beats world record

Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump by leaping from 135,890 feet (41,419 metres).

He exceeded the speed of sound, setting off a small sonic boom, and set several skydiving records in the process.

Mr Eustace was carried by a large helium balloon from New Mexico to over 40km (25 miles) above the earth.

The previous record was set by Felix Baumgartner two years ago, after he jumped from a height of nearly 128,000 feet.

Video footage courtesy of Atomic Entertainment and the Paragon Space Development Corporation

  • 25 Oct 2014
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