The Perlan Project continues to set new records as it continues its journey to reach altitudes of 90,000 feet. Smithsonian’s Tom LeCompte learned more from the crew about the major milestones they plan to meet — More in this article here:
Below, a small showcase of some stunning cloud images captured earlier this week by our GIS Expert Steve Goates. The first set of images are mammatus clouds. Location: Lake Tahoe, NV
Images Credit: Steve Goates
The National Weather Service created A Storm Report involving a small tornado that touched land in Torrey Pines Tuesday Evening. See Below:
“LIFEGUARDS REPORTED A WATERSPOUT 1 MILE OFFSHORE OF BLACKS BEACH AT 5:35 PM MOVING
EAST AT 40 KNOTS. IT MADE LANDFALL AS A WEAK TORNADO AT 5:38 PM JUST NORTH OF THE GLIDER
PORT AND DISSIPATED. PORT AND DISSIPATED. ”
Many took to their social media accounts to post some images of the waterspout. View Below:
Above is an intriguing photo taken after the Augustine Volcano erupted in Alaska 10 years ago.The image portrays a gigantic cloud of ash that rose above the mountain and two lava flows crawling down its sides as a result of the eruption. Historically,the Augustine volcano has been the most active volcano in Alaska’s Cook Inlet region with eruptions as recent as 2006. Photo Credit: Cyrus Read, USGS- March 27, 2006.
The Airbus Group’s CEO, Tom Enders, visited the Perlan 2 hangar in Minden NV the first week of March to work alongside the glider team as they achieved a historic milestone with the start of pressurized flights. The Perlan 2 team continues to prepare for their upcoming flight in June. The Perlan 2 is designed to soar on wind currents to 90,000 feet.
The visit began with a detailed briefing from pilot Jim Payne on the custom built glider and its systems. Enders was able to pressurize the cabin and perform a ground test of instrumentation but, unfortunately, they were not able to have an actual flight due to the weather conditions in Minden. Below is a quote from Enders regarding his visit.
It was a pleasure to meet with the devoted innovators behind a scientific mission that will break the world altitude record for level, controlled flight,” Enders said. “This project began as the inspiration of a small group of talented volunteers, and has evolved into one of the boldest endeavors in modern aviation. We’re proud to support a program that so perfectly embodies the pioneering spirit of Airbus.