Perlan Glider Crosses 62,000 Feet over Patagonia

Source: AIO / Alexa Rexroth – August 30, 2018

The Airbus Perlan Mission 2 recently achieved a glide above a pressure altitude of more than 62,000 feet, thanks to stratospheric mountain waves in El Calafate, Argentina. While pending official validation, it is anticipated that the newly reached altitude marks a gliding altitude world record. The Perlan 2 glider is pressurized and capable of soaring up to 90,000 feet. The initiative behind the mission is to fly an engineless glider to the edge of space to support high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change research.

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