British space scientist and university lecturer Angelo Grubisic has died in a wingsuit base jumping accident. The spacecraft engineer who worked to design safer wingsuits died in a base-jumping accident. The 38-year-old was taking part in a planned jump in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday when he was killed. Angelo taught astronautics and advanced propulsion at the University of Southampton. He had a great understanding of the extreme sport and was crowned a British wingsuit champion in July. Confirming his death, Angelo's family said that he was "phenomenally talented" and "lost his life doing what he loved the most". 'Bungee Jumping Goes Horribly Wrong After Trainer Forgot to Hook the String Video' is FAKE!
The family in a statement said, "We want to ensure his achievements and ambitions are known to the world and to celebrate the mark he made on all of our lives. Angelo captivated the hearts and minds of every single person who was privileged to meet and work with him. 'The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long' has never rang more true to the family and friends Angelo had across the world."
Extreme Sports Company which has worked with the scientist said that Angelo died while leading a group of three experienced wingsuiters on an eight-day trip to scout for new locations. Talking about Angelo's death, The University of Southampton said, "In his time with us, Angelo made many pioneering contributions to the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences' research on astronautics. He was incredibly popular with his students and colleagues. They added that they were "extremely shocked and saddened" by his death.
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According to Angelo's staff profile page, he has worked with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Nasa on the development of advanced propulsion technologies over the past eight years. He was a consultant on the ESA's BepiColumbo mission to Mercury that was launched in October last year.
The university's engineering department said, "This week we lost not just a colleague and a teacher but a friend and inspiration whose memory we will cherish, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time." Earlier this year Angelo gave evidence at into the death of Rob Haggarty, who died in 2018 after losing control during a wingsuit jump in Italy.