A CPS-led team set the last record for the highest skydive at 17,800 feet in 2017, but a 12-member team assembled by Complete Parachute Solutions of DeLand is attempting a 20,000 foot dive from the top of Mount Everest. The air at the peak is so thin that the team will have to use multipurpose tactical oxygen systems and test them out after each jump. The US Navy awarded CPS a contract of $43M to provide training and technical support for the event. Though the team practiced in Colorado at an elevation of 10,000 feet, Mt. Everest offers its own challenges including rapidly changing weather and wind patterns. Landing must be accurate during missions which depends highly on the wind; the mission will be dangerous, but it will make history.
November 16, 2019