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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: DUANE HYLAND
    703.264.7558
    duaneh@aiaa.org

     

    AIAA Congratulates Paragon Space Development Corporation for Successful Collaboration
    on Record-Breaking Freefall
    Teamed with Google Executive Alan Eustace to Establish New Altitude Record

    October 28, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates its corporate member Paragon Space Development Corporation (PSDC), Tucson, Arizona, for its successful collaboration with Alan Eustace, senior vice president at Google Corporation, which established a new world parachute altitude record of 135,890 feet, besting the former world record, established by Felix Baumgartner in 2012, by some 7,790 feet. Eustace’s freefall broke the speed of sound, reaching speeds in excess of 822 miles per hour during his descent.

    Eustace performed the jump to test PSDC’s Stratosphere Explorer (StratEx) spacesuit. The StratEx suit is “a self-contained spacesuit and recovery system that would allow manned exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet. Such a system has wide-ranging applications for the study of the science of the stratosphere, development of means for spaceship crew egress, the study of dynamics of bodies at Mach 1, new high altitude aircraft suits, and setting of records for space diving, sailplaning and ballooning,” according to PSDC officials.

    “AIAA congratulates our corporate member Paragon Space Development Corporation for their successful collaboration with Google’s Alan Eustace on establishing a new parachuting altitude record,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “We also celebrate the success and continued development of their StratEx spacesuit, and we look forward to the scientific discoveries that the StratEx suit will make possible in future years.”

    About Paragon Space Development Corporation
    Cofounded by AIAA Associate Fellow Grant Anderson, Paragon Space Development Corporation is the premier provider of environmental controls for extreme and hazardous environments. The company designs, builds, tests and operates premier life support systems and leading thermal control products for astronauts, contaminated water divers, and other extreme environment explorers, as well as for unmanned space and terrestrial applications.

     

     

    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


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