Former NASA scientist, winguit pioneer and British champion, 38, dies in leap in Saudi Arabia after starting & # 39; Icarus Project & # 39; to design safer wingsuits
- Dr. Angelo Grubisic lost his life while participating in a scheduled jump on Tuesday
- Dr. Grubisic, 28, taught astronautics at the University of Southampton
- The & # 39; phenomenally talented & # 39; scientist became the British champion of the wing suit in July
A British scientist and champion in a winguit died in a basic accident in Saudi Arabia.
Astronautical engineer Angelo Grubisic  lost his life during a planned jump in the Middle East on Tuesday.
Just a few weeks before that, Dr. Grubisic, who had led a winguit design team at the University of Southampton, where he taught astronautics and advanced propulsion, was crowned British wingsuit champion.
The & # 39; phenomenally talented & # 39; scientist had previously worked on spacecraft propulsion for the European Space Agency and NASA – and in 2015 he founded the & # 39; Icarus project & # 39; on, that tried to design a world record breaking wingsuit and at the same time improve safety.
In 2015, Dr. Angelo Grubisic founded the & # 39; Icarus project & # 39; on, aiming to design a world record breaking wingsuit while improving safety
The & # 39; phenomenally talented & # 39; scientist had previously worked on propulsion of spacecraft for the European Space Agency and NASA
In a statement to the BBC, his family said: & # 39; Angelo lost his life doing what he loved most, jumping a wingsuit, and we want to make sure that his achievements and ambitions are known to the world and that he leaves his mark throughout our lives.
& # 39; Angelo enchanted the hearts and minds of every person who had the privilege of meeting him and working with him.
& # 39; & # 39; The candle that burns twice as brightly burns half as long & # 39; & # 39; has never been so loyal to the family and friends that Angelo had around the world. & # 39;
Dr. Grubisic coordinated the Icarus Wingsuit project, which says it wants to promote & # 39; human flight by developing a new wingsuit using advanced computational analysis, experimental aerodynamics and testing & # 39 ;.
The project also aimed to teach pilots in a winguit about aerodynamics of a winguit to maintain safety in sport.
Dr. Grubisic was a specialist in selective laser melting as applied in the production of additives
The engineer lost his life while taking part in a planned jump in the Middle East on Tuesday
A former student, Nathan Vosper, paid tribute to Dr. Grubisic and said: “Incredibly sad news that one of my favorite teachers when I was studying at @unisouthampton, @AngeloGrubisic died.
& # 39; A fantastic teacher and inspiration for all of us. A real rocket. Fly there easily.
& # 39; As he said: & # 39; & # 39; If you don't do what you love, you're kidding & # 39; & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Dr. Grubisic was a specialist in selective laser melting as applied in the production of additives.
He joined the Astronautics group at the University of Southampton in 2013 after working as an AIT consultant and Systems Engineer for QinetiQ.
In January of this year, he provided evidence of the death of fellow wing suit-jumper Rob Haggarty, from Andover, Hampshire, who died of multiple head and chest injuries after not clearing a cliff ledge on an 8,000-meter-high Italian mountain.
Southampton Formula Student Team paid tribute to the teacher and wrote: & The whole team wants to convey their condolences to the friends and family of @AngeloGrubisic.
& # 39; You were a great teacher and an inspiration to us all. Fly high Angelo. & # 39;
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