A dive from a balloon at the edge of space shattered records as a member of a team headed by Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation fell more than 25 miles in about 4½ minutes.
The goal of the StratEx project was to create a self-contained spacesuit system that allows manned exploration of the stratosphere above 100,000 feet. Paragon is the prime contractor for the project, and designed and built the life support system, integrated the systems, and managed the operation.
Making the jump over Roswell, N.M., was Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of knowledge. He set a record for highest exit altitude, world and national records for free fall under a drogue chute, and a national record for vertical speed.