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The Perlan 2 glider has updated its own record on the way to the bottom of the space

At Airbus, without false modesty, I think that by the end of the year update the world record for height in the air in the car without an engine. He belongs to Enevoldson Einar and Steve Fossett, who in 2006 in the Perlan glider-1 reached 15416 M. Successor, camera new models, while getting up the first 9900 meters, but it is only a “warm-up”.

The Perlan glider-2 is designed for ambitious and at the same time extremely important for the global aviation target – a flying machine without an engine needs to reach a height of 100 km. that is, the edge of the fuselage to go in this space. Therefore, Perlan-2 was created as the most technologically advanced sailplane in the history of mankind, where there is even technology that is designed for the rarefied atmosphere of Mars.

Pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner, and Miguel Torment all last week over and over again to update the staging records and study the possibility of the glider in practice. For flying a selected region of El Calafate, Argentina, where in the South of Patagonia to the wind from the mountain slopes of the Andes face the polar vortex of the Antarctic. Here are generated updrafts incredible power, “the stratospheric wave”, and only they can blow Perlan-2 to the border of space.

The glider has no engine, but he’s excellent at maneuvering, so it can maneuver between the air flow – the pilots devote all his time to “learn the sky” and to find the optimal route. They have to learn flying in the stratosphere on a new, unprecedented level, and if the project will be successful… aerospace industry is waiting if not a complete revolution, a quantum leap forward.
Source — Airbus

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