THE PERLAN PROJECT

THE PERLAN PROJECT

“SOARING TO THE EDGE OF SPACE”

THE PERLAN PROJECT

“SOARING TO THE EDGE OF SPACE”


The Perlan Project is an aeronautic event preparing to fly a manned glider to a record breaking altitude of 90,000 feet in Argentina. The project has previously set the world record of just over 50,000 feet with an earlier generation glider.

Dr. Elizabeth Austin, CCM, founder and President of WeatherExtreme Ltd., is the Chief Meteorologist for the Perlan Project. The Perlan Project is an international scientific endeavor to fly a manned glider (no engine) to 100,000 feet above the earth.



The Perlan Project has already proved its concept when pilots Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set the world altitude record of 50,671 feet in a highly modified production glider. The new Perlan Glider is being built from scratch by Windward Performance (President Greg Cole) and is an experimental, pressurized, carbon fiber glider. This glider is being built with the capability to reach 90,000 feet (stage 2 of the project). Stage 3 of the project will attempt to get to 100,00 feet. The Perlan Project is one of aviation’s most ambitious and most dangerous forays into the upper atmosphere and will provide some much needed scientific data regarding the stratosphere, the Polar Vortex and the Ozone hole.

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In July of 2014 Airbus Group became the partner and title sponsor of Airbus Perlan Mission II.

Sometime in 2015/16 the Airbus Perlan Mission II intends to set new altitude records by flying a purpose-built pressurized high-altitude glider (the Perlan 2) higher than any other manned wing borne aircraft has ever flown in sustained flight using stratospheric mountain waves and the polar vortex and in so doing harvest invaluable data about earth’s atmosphere and its ozone layer.

Perlan Project intends to use the Airbus Perlan Mission II to expand their educational programmes by creating more partnerships and forming an international education committee.

Current Team – Airbus Perlan Mission II Team

Current Missions – Airbus Perlan Mission II

Current Aircraft – Perlan 2

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For more information on The Perlan Project please visit: www.perlanproject.org