Perlan 2 Glider breaks world altitude record for gliders
The Airbus Perlan 2 Glider has set a new world record for glider altitude.
Soaring to an incredible 52,172 feet above sea level.
The record was set earlier this month on September 3rd, 2017 in El Calafate, Argentina.
Chief Pilot, Jim Payne and Copilot Morgan Sandercock.
use the weather phenomenon called stratospheric mountain waves, which only occur a few times a year in a couple of select locations on earth.
These rising air currents caused by the polar vortex around the Andes Mountains of Argentina Help to push the glider higher into the stratosphere.
Airbus Perlan Mission II is an initiative to fly an engineless glider to the edge of space for scientific discovery.
And they seemed to be getting closer to achieving that goal without the help of a rocket booster.
The Airbus Perlan 2 glider surpass the previous attitude record of 50,727 feet that was set in the unpressurized Perlan 1 glider.
And the Perlan project founder, Einar Enevoldson And LEAD PROJECT SPONSOR STEVE FOSSETT in 2006.
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