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Airbus Perlan Mission Latest


A photo taken from the tailfin of the Airbus Perlan glider, which is aiming to break the current world gliding altitude record of 50,727ft (15,461m). Photo: Airbus

The Airbus Perlan Mission is an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect new insights on climate change, weather and high-altitude flight.

In a second season of flight testing in El Calafate, Argentina pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner and Miguel Iturmendi flew the glider in a series of flights reaching a maximum altitude to date of 32,500ft (9,906m)

Over the next two months, the all-volunteer exploration team sponsored by Airbus will seek to break the current world gliding altitude record of 50,727ft (15,461m), set by Einar Enevoldsen and Steve Fossett in Perlan 1 in 2006, and collect data related to high-altitude flight.

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