The day Alan Eustace made a free-fall jump – level 3
On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace, a former Google executive, made history by completing a free-fall jump from the stratosphere.
Before the jump, which took place in New Mexico, Eustace had to go up 41,425 meters using a helium-filled balloon. Then he cut himself loose and started to fall back to earth.
His free fall lasted 4 minutes and 27 seconds with a maximum speed of 1,323 km/h.
Eustace’s jump was not without its challenges. He had to wear a special suit to protect him from the extreme conditions at high altitudes, and the jump itself required careful planning and coordination with a team of engineers and scientists. However, with careful preparation and a strong commitment to safety, Eustace was able to complete the jump successfully.
What were some of the safety measures and protocols Eustace and his team had to consider before, during, and after his record-breaking free-fall?
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