Glider about to attempt world altitude recordThe Perlan 2 Glider is on its way to Argentina, where it will attempt to break a 10-year-old gliding-altitude world record of 50,671 feet set back in 2006.
[MUSIC] Innovation in aviation is currently moving at a rapid pace. Drones are buzzing all about and quickly becoming imperative in different industries. And the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered airplane is close to finishing its historical trip around the world using only sunlight for fuel. Well continuing on with this trend, in August and September of this year be on the look out for the Perlin Two Glider. The highest flying sail plane on the planet. Perlin Two glider is a pressurized sail plane that is engineered to fly extremely high into the stratosphere using powerful updrafts off of mountains called Mountain waves. The Perlan 2 can reach an altitude of 90,000 feet without requiring the two-person crew to wear pressure suits. Now, if you take in a commercial flight, you have a sense of what 30,000 to 35,000 feet feels like, So just try to imagine tripling that. According to the Airbus Perlan Mission II goals, Perlan Mission II intends to set new altitude records by flying a purpose built pressurized high altitude glider Perlan II higher than any other manned wing born aircraft has ever flown. The current world gliding altitude record is 50,671 feet and was set in 2006 by pilots Steve Fossett and Perlan project founder Einar Enevoldson. The Perlan 2 glider's currently on its way to El Calafate, Argentina where the team will use mountain waves from the Andes Mountains to fly the glider into the upper atmosphere Stratosphere, where it will not only break the altitude record but will also collect scientific data about climate change. The glider presents a rare opportunity for data collection of clean air samples, because it does not have an engine producing exhaust fumes. Read more about the Perlan 2 glider at perlanproject.org. Org. And check out more at cnet.com. [MUSIC] [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO]