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And a former special forces solider turned stuntman, is training for a death-defying jump. He plans to do two jumps from heights up to 120,000 feet, thats more than 20 miles above the surface of the earth. Lets go to that story:

Risking life and limb is all in a day's work for professional stuntman and former special forces soldier Steve Truglia.

Now the 45-year old is preparing for the biggest stunt of all:

Later this year, Truglia plans to pilot a hot air balloon 120,000 feet to the edge of space - then JUMP.

[Steve Truglia, Stuntman]:
"We've got to find the right weather conditions on the day. We've got to inflate a balloon without it bursting and it's a gossamer thin plastic balloon. We've then got to get it launched successfully. All of my systems have got to work so that I don't abort and I've got to get a hole in the jet-stream which would otherwise tear the balloon."

The current record was set back in 1960 by U.S. airforce officer Joseph Kittinger.

Kittinger survived but it could have ended in disaster after a small tear appeared in his pressurised suit.

[Steve Truglia, Stuntman]:
"One of his gloves depressurised and his hand swelled up because of this vapour effect of the blood trying to boil, the liquid in the cells trying to boil, that happened to his hand, had it had been his head and his brain he would have died instantly."

Trevor Dobbin is one of the experts developing the life support system that will keep Truglia alive.

[Dr Trevor Dobbin, Aviation Expert]:
"If the suit depressurizes and he loses oxygen, and loses pressure - then unfortunately the risk is there that it could be fatal."

But Truglia may have a rival. Ex French paratrooper Michel Fournier has also been training for the jump.

[Steve Truglia, Stuntman]:
"Well there's this French guy and he's 64, he's had a triple by-pass. For fifteen years he's said he's going to go and has never done it.
Every year big press release, yes I'm going, yes I'm going and hasn't. But
he's got all the kit and he's certainly got, seems to have the intent. He's been out the launch pad once with all his kit, which is more than anyone has done."

If successful Truglia will land himself in the records book with three new records for the highest, fastest and longest freefall jump.

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