U.S. net Smithsonian Channel has ordered flight innovation series Survival in the Skies (pictured) from UK indie and Live from Space producer Arrow Media.
Featuring expert interviews, rare archival footage, CGI re-enactment and firsthand accounts, each episode of the 3 x 60-minute series will focus on three pioneering breakthroughs that led to a “conquest of the skies”: the space suit, the ejector seat and the parachute.
Accounts featured in the series include an astronaut who nearly drowned in his own space suit and a pilot who survived ejecting at supersonic speed.
UK-based TCB Media Rights will distribute Survival of the Skies internationally and is to represent the series at October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.
Survival in the Skies is expected to launch on Smithsonian Channel in 2016.