Two years after Felix Baumgartner jumped from a capsule in the stratosphere amid a Red Bull sponsored fanfare and YouTube livestream adulation, former Google exec Alan Eustace quietly kicked Baumgartner’s height and free-fall speed records into touch. And he did it after dangling from a balloon for two hours to get there.

In this presentation for  TED2015, Eustace tells the story of what led him to free fall from a weather balloon at 135,000 feet in a 235-pound spacesuit. 

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