Airbus Perlan 2 to soar to 100,000 feet in bid to understand climate

671_perlan-2-first-flight-over-central-oregon-1-680x380In early November 2015, Aviation News published an article on the Airbus Perlan II’s first successful flight in September and how the the Phase 2 project in Argentina’s main objective is about weather, climate and the ozone layer.

“In Argentina in 2016, the Perlan 2 will begin riding air currents that, in certain mountainous regions near the north and south poles, can reach into the stratosphere. Next year’s flights are expected to reach 90,000 feet, exceeding even the altitudes achieved by the U-2 and the SR-71 spyplanes.”

Additionally, the article introduces the Phase 3 objective where the aircraft will be preparing to explore the polar vortex in the northern Hemisphere.

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Airbus Perlan 2 gets airworthiness certificate

airworthiness-certificate-1-680x380On Friday ,the Airbus Perlan II received a FAA Airworthiness Certificate. This is a huge milestone and mega kudos to RDD for their tireless efforts to get everything right. This was a critical step leading up to first flight. The load test is currently scheduled for next week and the BRS parachute installation early the week after. After successful rehearsal flights with Dennis Tito’s DG 1001 it will be time for the big event. We are hoping before the end of September for first flight so stay tuned!