Space Dive – Fifty years ago, Colonel Joe Kittinger became an American hero when he performed a 102,000 feet freefall from the edge of space. Since then, many have tried to jump further and fall faster but none have succeeded; many have died in the attempt.
This summer, that boundary will be tested again as Joe works with elite base-jumper Felix Baumgartner to go higher and fall further in an attempt to become the first person ever to break the sound barrier in free fall. Like Joe before him, Felix has been trained physically and psychologically with the US Air Force and the world’s most qualified space technologists by his side.
Space Dive tells the story of this record breaking attempt, giving a gripping and dramatic account of Joe and Felix’s struggle against the extremes of nature and a remarkable and revealing insight into the intricate, life-or-death world of space science.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Autumn/Winter 2010/2011