Perlan II sets new World Record!

WeatherExtreme Ltd. would like to announce that the Perlan team set a new world record over the weekend by flying the glider higher than and verified Airbus liner at over 43,664 feet!!!

Congratulations to the entire Perlan team on another successful flight record!

Glider tail cam at 52,500 feet. Photo Credit: Perlan Project

Perlan Project Virtual Cockpit image- Glider altitude at 53,900 ft

Perlan Article in Aviation Today

Perlan II at 30,000 feet. Photo courtesy of Airbus Perlan Project

At the beginning of August 2017, Aviation Today posted an article about the recent Airbus Perlan II test flights currently being performed in El Calafate, Argentina. The mission is attempting to reach new high altitudes and break the record previously held by Einar Enevoldsen and Steve Fossett from the Perlan Mission I back in 2006 at 50,727 feet. The article also makes mention of the sponsors of the current nonprofit project including Weather Extreme Ltd, United Technologies and BRS Aerospace.

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Update: The previous record for the Perlan Glider was broken on Saturday, September 2, 2017 when the Airbus Perlan II reached new height over 53,900 feet.

Airbus Perlan Mission II Flight- August 19

Over this past weekend of the August 19, 2017, the Airbus Perlan Mission II made another flight while in El Calafate, Argentina. Despite the small window of flying time due to the icy conditions, the Perlan 2 pressurized its cabin to soar above 21,500+ feet”. Below are some photos from the hangar in El Calafate prior to August 19, flight. Photo Credits: The Perlan Project

Airbus Perlan Mission Flight 8/15

On Tuesday, August 15, the glider reached “a new high”. After flying 4.6 hours, the Airbus Perlan Mission II team had celebrated a new high mark of 33,200 feet. View some flight photos below:

Aug 15 Flight- 30,000 feet looking east over Lago Argentina.

Aug 15 Flight-Looking North from 33,000 feet

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.
Airbus Americas, Inc.

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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