Stuntman and record-setter Steve Truglia is planning perhaps the ultimate high dive: a parachute jump from the edge of space, 120,000 feet (36.5 kilometers) up.

Why you should listen

Steve Truglia became a professional stuntman in 1996, after two decades as a reservist in the UK Special Forces. Outside of his stunt work in TV and movies, he's developed a nice line in jaw-dropping records. In 2002, he became the UK's deepest freediver, performing a hold-your-breath dive to 76 meters. In 2004, he set the Guinness World Record for the fastest abseil over 100 meters, covering the distance in 8.9 seconds. And (ouch) he holds the unofficial UK Full Body Burn fire record of 2 mins and 5 secs.

But the stunt he's now training for is the most astonishing of all: He's planning to break the record for extreme-high-altitude parachute jump, from a balloon at 120,000 feet (36.5 kilometers).

Truglia will wear multiple parachutes for the many-stage descent, including a minutes-long freefall through the stratosphere at the speed of sound, while clad in a full spacesuit. And the challenges of this modern jump include more earthly issues -- tweaking equipment, getting permissions, securing funding and gambling on the weather.

What others say

“It takes a certain type of person to want to leap from the edge of space and plummet to the ground at more than 700mph, but Truglia -- who made his name doing stunts in the Bond movies -- believes he has what it takes.” — Joseph Dunn, Sunday Times

Steve Truglia’s TED talk

Steve Truglia on the TED Blog

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A leap from the edge of space: Steve Truglia on TED.com

September 4, 2009

At his day job, Steve Truglia flips cars, walks through fire and falls out of buildings — pushing technology to make stunts bigger, safer, more awesome. He talks us through his next stunt: the highest jump ever attempted, from the very edge of space. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009 in Oxford, England. Duration: 14:36) […]

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Twitter Snapshot: Steve Truglia wants to jump from space

July 21, 2009

Stuntman Steve Truglia plans to jump to earth from the edge of space. His talk at TEDGlobal 2009 included the facts that he’ll be falling at the speed of sound while clad in a customized spacesuit. Be sure to follow Steve on Twitter and check out what viewers of the online feed had to say […]

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Steve Truglia at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes from Session 2

July 21, 2009

Before we even see Steve Truglia on stage, we’re treated to an action-packed video of his stunts for movie and television, as well as his personal record-breaking, daredevil stunts. There are explosions, car crashes and high falls out of buildings. Truglia is being set on fire, fencing, driving a car through a loop de loop, […]

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