WATCH: Airbus Perlan Mission II Celebrates Anniversary of Record Flight, Expands Science in the Stratosphere | News Direct

WATCH: Airbus Perlan Mission II Celebrates Anniversary of Record Flight, Expands Science in the Stratosphere Video highlights amazing footage of Airbus Perlan Mission II 2019 season in Argentina, team discusses value of exploring climate, weather and aerospace science at the edge of space

News release by Airbus Perlan Mission II

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon MINDEN, Nev. | September 01, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

On Sept. 2, 2018, Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, succeeded in setting a new world glider altitude record of 76,000 ft. in the stratospheric mountain waves above the Andes in southern Argentina. The aircraft was the Perlan 2, an experimental space glider, designed to achieve an altitude of up to 90,000 feet, which now is on record as the second highest flying winged aircraft in history - second only to the SR-71 Blackbird.

The mission of Airbus Perlan Mission II is not only about setting altitude records, but also to drive innovation, exploration and inspiration for the next generation of aerospace leaders. To support these missions, Airbus Perlan Mission II is establishing a high altitude platform for science in the stratosphere, to gain invaluable data and insights never before possible on climate, extreme weather, aerodynamics and aerospace engineering.

In this video, members of the Airbus Perlan Mission II team share their excitement about the discoveries that are possible by taking science to the stratosphere, what climate and aerospace knowledge was gained last season, and how the Perlan 2 provides a tremendous stratospheric science platform like no other in history.

While the Perlan 2 will not fly this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is celebrating the second anniversary of its record breaking flight and focusing energy on its total missions, and on what can be achieved through partnerships in science with innovators, researchers and aerospace leaders around the world.

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