Reaching new heights – Ye Chenguang, the holder of Chinese record for skydiving.
Credit: CCTV-Plus

A record setting skydiver in China has announced an edge of space plunge slated to be the longest and fastest free fall jump. The jump is also a bid to boost safety in human space travel and further space science research.

Ye Chenguang, the holder of Chinese record for skydiving, officially announced in Beijing on Tuesday that he will do a dive of 43,000 meters next year.

 

Beating the mark

Ye broke the Chinese record for skydiving last year in the United States by jumping from 10,000 meters. He said he wants to challenge the current skydiving world record of 41,419 meters set by Alan Eustace.

Google executive, Eustace, jumped from over 130,000 feet in 2014, beating the mark set by the Austrian Felix Baumgartner in 2012.

Google executive, Alan Eustace departs Earth for record setting dive from space in 2014.
Credit: Paragon

In a CCTV-Plus interview, Ye said: “We have started the project since 2013. Last year, I made the new Chinese record by jumping from 10,000 meters. Actually, this is just a small part of our space diving project, and we will have jumps from 20,000 and 30,000 meters later. If nothing goes wrong, we will officially challenge the highest record by jumping from 43,000 meters in July or August next year.”

Air is rare

Ye’s space dive involves use of a high-flying, balloon-carried protective cabin and a special space diving suit.

“After Chenguang gets off the cabin, his space suit will supply him with oxygen for less than half an hour,” said Ding Langnuo, the technical consultant of Ye Chenguang’s space diving committee.

“So he will have limited time to deal with emergency. As air is very rare at high altitude, the space diver is liable to experience violent spins and faint,” Ding told CCTV-Plus.

Cosmic dust

Ye is now undergoing zero gravity and wind tunnel training in China and other countries, with a 1.0 version space suitmodel of the protection cabin ready.

“Through the space dive, I want to collect more space data,” Ye added. “Emergency may happen when a rocket launches, so astronauts can use the data to study how to escape. These data will also help the National Astronomical Observatories [under the Chinese Academy of Sciences] collect cosmic dust for further study of components of cosmic materials.”

For a CCTV-Plus video of the space diving Ye, go to:

http://cd-pv.news.cctvplus.com/2017/0425/8048822_Preview_3764.mp4

Also, go to this video spotlighting the 2014 space dive by Alan Eustace at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQSvowsAUkI

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