Record set for jump with smallest parachute

(CNN) -- A member from the United Arab Emirates' Skydive Dubai parachute team broke the world record on Saturday after landing world's smallest parachute jump measuring 35 square feet, around 3.2 square meters.

Standard size parachutes are mainly between 7.43 and 18.58 square meters. The larger the parachute is, the steadier and safer the jumper will be, as more air resistance is generated in the process, according to experts.

On Saturday, 35-year-old Ernesto Gainza leaped off from 4,200 meters in the air, completing a required set of routines within four minutes before landing successfully at a designated spot. He set the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump with the aim to set new limits for human flight.

"Normally, if I open eyes, concentrate, go straight to my next step. But it was the first time that I said, out loud, 'thanks God, for I have a full-inflated parachute in my function,'" said the world record maker after his jump.


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