Press Release

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates Paragon on Historic StratEx Program

By SpaceRef Editor
October 28, 2014
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Washington, D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates Paragon Space Development Corporation(R) and its StratEx team, on Alan Eustace’s historic supersonic dive at 135,908 feet from a high-altitude balloon. During the October 24 StratEx jump over Roswell, New Mexico, Eustace set U.S. records for highest skydive and fastest vertical speed, along with a new world record for longest freefall. Paragon, specializing in extreme environmental control systems, worked closely with Eustace to develop, build, and manage the self-contained space suit system.

“Once again, history has been made by the commercial spaceflight sector,” said CSF President Eric Stallmer. “The StratEx program has added considerable depth to important areas of stratospheric research, and is an exciting milestone in a new era of space flights. We celebrate their record-breaking feat and we look forward to seeing World View carry this exciting technology into the future. ” The same ballooning system that supported Eustace’s jump will soon be employed by World View Enterprises to bring tourists to the edge of space, and the company has acquired the patent-pending technology from StratEx. For more information on StratEx, please visit their site here.

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit www.commercialspaceflight.org or contact Sirisha Bandla at sirisha@commercialspaceflight.org or at 202.715.2928.

SpaceRef staff editor.