In October 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier in a supersonic stratospheric skydive seen live by millions online around the world, only to see his record shattered two years later in low-key style by Alan Eustace.
But what further developments have there been in stratospheric skydive programmes? How is parachuting and skydiving integrated into the astronaut and cosmonaut training programmes of National space agencies? And will there ever be a time when BPA members could themselves experience the space environment through a jump from the “edge of space”?
About the speaker
Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme, a Director of the UK National Space Centre (the UK’s largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy) and in 2018 was appointed to STFC Council – the UK’s Research Council responsible for national and international facilities and programmes in particle physics, nuclear physics and astronomy/space science.
He is also a member of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC) – the senior advisory body to ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration on all matters concerning scientific exploitation of human spaceflight, microgravity and exploration programmes. He has been jumping since 2000 and was involved as an independent science analyst for Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos stratospheric jump programme.