Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive

A six part collection of clips that look at the challenges faced by scientists, engineers and doctors ahead of Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking and historic skydive in 2012.

Students will be able to find out more about:

  • Gravity, free fall, air resistance and terminal velocity
  • Why a balloon was so important to Felix Baumgartner's Space jump
  • How Felix Baumgartner's pressure suit and space capsule kept him alive
  • The physics behind Felix Baumgartner’s epic free-fall and the challenges of working through the sound barrier
  • The dangers of altitude

These clips are taken from the original BBC series, The Science of Space Dive

Suitable for: KS3 / GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Third and Fourth Level in Scotland.

Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 1/6): The world's biggest skydive
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Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 2/6) - The balloon
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Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 3/6) - The pressure suit and space capsule
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Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 4/6) - The dangers of altitude
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Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 5/6) - The physics of free-fall
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Physics KS3 / GCSE: The Science of Space Dive (pt 6/6) - Free-falling through the sound barrier
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