Now the dust has settled on Felix Baumgartner’s historic freefall it’s time to look back at how this fearless Austrian transformed himself from BASE jumper into the world’s most famous daredevil.
When Felix started out on his mission to jump from the edge of space a crew of film-makers from the BBC and Red Bull Media House (quite rightly) decided to follow the Austrian’s every move. The result, four years later, is Space Dive – a heart-stopping film that documents Felix’s heroic journey.
The documentary, co-produced by the BBC, Red Bull Media House and National Geographic Channel, tells the whole story, from Felix’s rather less complicated BASE-jumping years and the early planning stages of Red Bull Stratos, to the impact Felix’s space jump is having on aeorspace safety, space suit technology, and protocols for exposure to supersonic speeds.
And as well as all the heavy science, record-breaking statistics and poignant backstories, Space Dive is also another chance to be blown clean away by Felix’s fearless determination to realise his dream and to relive what’s sure to remain one of the most iconic real-life adventures of all time.
The film receives its premiere on the US National Geographic Channel (Direct TV #276, Dish #186, Comcast #109, TWC #37) at 7pm (E/P) on Sunday, November 11. That’s 1am (CET) on Monday, November 12, for any Europeans able to tune in.
Space Dive might even convince a few more people that Felix is a worthy (nay, shoo-in) winner of the National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award, which he’s nominated for alongside Red Bull-backed climber David Lama and kayaker Steve Fisher.