TODAY | February 07, 2012
>> dare devil . felix baumgarte ner is the first person to cross the english channel on a carbon wing and base jump from the hand of the christ the redeemer statue in rio de janeiro . he's here to talk about his next daring free fall .
>> good morning.
>> you want to break the record for the free fall from the highest altitude, be the first person to break the speed of sound record and have the longest free fall all at once. how do you plan to do that?
>> we have been working on this almost five years ago. it's an ongoing project. we have been testing a lot. we have been developing a lot. we have one of the best, top of the field working for us. and the guy who did sky dives in the '60s from 2,000 feet. he's a hell of a character and i'm honored to work with him.
>> you're trying to jump, as i understand it, from the edge of space. you have a very special suit that you have to wear. why do you have to wear the suit? how does it protect you in.
>> you need the pressure suit because if you go above 65,000 feet your blood will start boiling. that's to provide you with oxygen, protect you from the cold temperatures. we are facing minus 7 degrees fahrenheit so we need that suit.
>> why do you want to do this, felix? this sounds incredibly dangerous.
>> well, i like the challenge. i like to work on projects where i have to start by scratch. i like to explore things. we also contribute data for future space exploration to make them safer.
>> i hope in addition you have fun doing it.
>> well, it's not so much fun while you're doing it because you're going up 220,000 feet which is a hostile environment. your blood will start boiling if your suit fails.
>> we'll be right back. thank you so much.