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Former NASA scientist dies in Saudi base jumping accident

Dr Angelo Grubisic was taking part in a planned base jump in the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday when he was killed

Former NASA scientist dies in Saudi base jumping accident

A British former NASA scientist has died in a base jumping accident in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Angelo Grubisic, 38, was taking part in a planned jump in the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday when he was killed, according to his family who were quoted in media reports in the UK.

He was crowned British wingsuit champion in July, and had reportedly carried out hundreds of jumps, in a sport combining skydiving and hang gliding.

It involves leaping from an aircraft or from a very high altitude and gliding through the air while wearing a specially designed suit.

In a statement, his family said: "Angelo lost his life doing what he loved the most, wingsuit base jumping, and 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."

In 2015, Grubisic set up the Icarus project which was attempting to design a wingsuit to break world records.

According to reports, he had previously worked on spacecraft propulsion for both NASA and the European Space Agency.