BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 14156

Skydiving through the sound barrier

Skydiving through the sound barrier
Key Info
  • Skydiving through the sound barrier
  • Duration: 04:24
  • When Felix Baumgartner fell from the edge of space, he did something no human had ever done: free-fall though the sound barrier. In computer animations it looked straightforward enough, but until Felix jumped, no one knew if it was even possible. To be able to go supersonic Felix had to break through the transonic wall, at this moment some parts of his body began to go supersonic while other parts remained sub-sonic. His team worried that this could have caused violent vibrations that would damage his organs or even kill him. However, on the day, Felix made it safely through the sound barrier, landing in the record books with an estimated top speed of 833 mph. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 as part of the series 'The Science of Space Dive' in December 2012.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Forces - Motion

  • Keywords: TheScienceofSpaceDive, SpaceDive, Felix Baumgartner, engineering, parachute, supersonic, free-fall, parachute, altitude, transonic, subsonic, air resistance, terminal velocity, gravity, delta position, acceleration.
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as a stimulus for gravity, free fall, air resistance and terminal velocity. Could be used in conjunction with other clips from 'The Science of Space Dive' 14151, 14152, 14153, 14154, 14155
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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