Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, is attempting to break another world record. He has for long been the maverick adventurer from India, besides being a very very successful businessman. Tomorrow he is going to attempt to break the world record for the highest altitude in a hot air balloon.
The feat will take place at the Race Course in Bombay and if you are around, do get there and be a part of this historic event happening.
From the website of MI70K
The spirit of adventure is certainly not dead in India. One only has to look at the record and hunger for adventure of the 67 year old Industrialist and avid Aviator, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania to understand this spirit. Having won some World Records, has certainly not quelled his thirst for more.
He has now embarked on a mission to break the World Altitude record in a Hot Air Balloon. The present holder Per Lindstrand is believed to have said that his record cannot be broken due to the technical difficulties of operating in the rarified atmosphere, of 70000 ft. when one would virtually be on the fringes of space. The atmospheric pressure at sea level is 1013.2 mbs. while at 70000 ft it is 40 mbs. It would naturally be impossible to breath normally at these pressures and if one were to be exposed to the elements even briefly the human blood would boil. National pride and the spirit of true adventure have prompted Dr. Singhania to attempt to break the record on Indian soil and in his home city, Mumbai. It would certainly have been much easier and even cheaper to attempt the record elsewhere, but that is not an option he ever considered.