Angelo Grubisic - Rocket Man

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Post by scimjim » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:15 pm

The University of Southampton, where Grubisic was a lecturer in aeronautics and advanced propulsion confirmed Angelo Grubisic‘s death at age 38 on Aug 21 2019 while training for a multiple world record attempt - speed, altitude, duration and range with a wingsuit. After leaving the helicopter over the Asir mountains of southwestern Saudi Arabia he hit a ridge at over 100mph and died instantly.

Angelo Niko Grubisic was born in Walsall, north of Birmingham, on June 24, 1981, and grew up in nearby Willenhall. His father, a Serb immigrant, worked in a ball-bearing factory and married an English barmaid. Angelo was three when his parents divorced, and he and a sister were brought up by their mother.
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The current world record for wingsuit flight duration was set by Colombian skydiver Jhonathan Florez in 2012 with a time of nine minutes and six seconds. Florez was killed during a wingsuit flight when he crashed into a mountainside in Switzerland in 2015.

The highest-altitude wingsuit jump, from a plane at 37,426 feet, was achieved on Veterans Day 2015 by retired U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Jimmy Petrolia over Davis, California, to raise funds for Special Operations forces killed in the line of duty.

The highest speed so far was reached by Japanese wingsuit pilot Shinichi Ito in 2011, when he hit 226 mph.

The “greatest absolute distance” record of 19.94 miles was set by American Kyle Lobpries, also over Davis, in 2016.

The goal of Grubisic’s Icarus Project was to jump from 45,000 feet and fly as far as possible for around 15 minutes, reaching 280 mph. On July 4, Grubisic, jumping from a helicopter, was crowned British national wingsuit champion in the advanced category at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in southwest England.
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At the University of Southampton, he specialized in the development and testing of advanced propulsion systems for spacecraft in support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. He was a consulting engineer for the ESA during its BepiColombo mission to Mercury last year, a joint project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency using two satellites that are due to reach Mercury’s orbit in 2025.

Grubisic was also a consultant to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, California which is involved in exploration research on Mars, including probing the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Grubisic and the jet suit’s inventor, Richard “Iron Man” Browning, stunned tourists last year at the Bournemouth Air Festival in southern England when they took off from a pier and buzzed over sea bathers at low level before one of Grubisic’s arm engines exploded. He cartwheeled and crashed in shallow surf.
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Angelo Grubisic - Rocket Man

Post by old bean » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:51 pm

Get it all out of the way then die doing something you love, savouring the moment, living the dream... Live fast, die young.

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