K2 Radio Meteorologist Part Of Record Setting Space Jump Again[AUDIO]
Two years ago when Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull set the record for a jump from space, K2 Radio meteorologist Don Day was a part of the team that made it happen. Don was asked to be a part of another team to break THAT record and it happened this past weekend.
A 57-year-old Google vice-president is the now world's new space daredevil with the help of Don Day. Alan Eustace yesterday traveled more than 25 miles up to the top of the stratosphere in a balloon and then parachuted back down to earth in Roswell, NM, at speeds of up to 822mph, which was just short of the 843 mph traveled in the first jump. With this jump Eustace did break the sound barrier and broke the altitude record set by Felix Baumgartner two years ago. For the record, Eustace hit an altitude of 135,890 feet, besting Baumgartner's 128,110 feet and it was a bit bittersweet for Don.
Eustace got help from a company called Paragon Space Development Corporation, which Don says has been working on a commercial spacesuit tailored for these kinds of stratospheric trips opening the door for even more thrill seekers to attempt the same feat.
Don did point out that one of the biggest differences between the jumps were the stabilizing suit and the fact that Eustace used a balloon a third the size of Baumgartners and did not use a 3000 lb capsule which resulted in the ability to reach the lofty record.
See some of the jump here.