Globe Newswire article- Airbus Perlan Mission II reaches new high altitude in search for world aviation record and new evidence on climate change

Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to soar an engineless glider to the edge of outer space, is conducting climate change research in the skies over Patagonia, where Airbus hopes unusual weather phenomenon will allow the unique aircraft to soar to world-record altitudes this year. Airbus photo by James Darcy.
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Globe Newswire recently reported an article on the Airbus Perlan Mission II. The article details the second set of test flights currently in Argentina as the project continues its’ goal to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on climate change, weather and high-altitude flights. During the first week of August 2017, Pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner and Miguel Iturmendi have soared the pressurized Perlan 2 glider in a series of flights reaching a maximum altitude to date of 32,500 feet. The ultimate goal for their flights in El Calafate over the next couple of months is to break the world gliding record of 50,727 feet set by Einar Enevoldsen and Steve Fossett in Perlan 1 in 2006. Lastly, the article goes into detail about the company Airbus and their sponsorship of the project along with the additional Airbus Perlan Mission II sponsors, United Technologies, BRS Aerospace, and our company WeatherExtreme Ltd.

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WeatherExtreme Forecast Discussion 8/3/2017 1440Z

Once again there are problems with the local WRF model, so this morning’s forecast is based on ECMWF, GFS, SkySight, RAOB and satellite. Thursday should be much improved for flying with a few scattered low clouds in the morning in El Calafate, becoming mostly clear by afternoon. Surface winds out of the west 10-15 kts gusting to 30. Winds aloft west-southwesterly 50-80 kts above FL100. Moderate wave will be present with vertical velocities 1000-1500 fpm, diminishing above FL200. Orographic precipitation and low clouds will be present west of the ridge line.

WeatherExtreme Forecast Discussion 8/2/2017 0615Z

Slightly above freezing Wednesday in El Calafate with clouds broken to overcast at FL70. Very little mountain wave. Surface winds 15 kts gusting to 30 kts early Wednesday morning, dropping to 10 kts gusting to 20 kts out of the west-northwest during the day. Some light rain is possible in the afternoon.

WeatherExtreme Forecast Discussion 8/1/2017 1315Z

Mostly sunny and warmer today in El Calafate, except for a few high, thin clouds at FL300. Winds will be westerly at the surface and aloft and generally 50-80 kts above FL700. Despite the westerly winds, the WRF model is showing only weak wave today, with vertical velocities generally below 1000 fpm. The wave does not look good for Wednesday, either, and there will be lower clouds and rain possible.