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Airbus Perlan Mission II
12 June 2017 Company

Airbus Perlan Mission II

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Jim Payne      
Perlan flying  over Argentina      
Einar-Enevoldson      
Interview to Jim Payne      
Perlan in Argentina      
Enders flight      
477787519, Perlan glider: exploring the air waves      
     
Stéphane Fymat      
Airbus CEO Tom Enders worked alongside the Perlan 2 glider team in Nevada      

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To the edge of space

The Airbus Perlan Mission II is a purpose-built glider aiming to soar on wind currents to 27.4 kilometres –the stratosphere – as it researches high-altitude flight, climate change and the potential for wing-borne travel on Mars.
As partner of Perlan Project, Airbus is helping push the boundaries of aerospace and discover more about climate change.

Reaching new heights

The Perlan 2 glider plane is essentially a spacecraft with an 84-foot wingspan, engineered to fly in conditions that mirror the surface of Mars. But before it can reach its record-breaking goal of soaring to 90,000 ft (27.4 km), the Perlan Project team has first made few test runs much closer to Earth. These trials began on 23 September 2015 at the Redmond Airport in Redmond, Oregon, when the glider succesfully completed its first ever test flight
 
In 2016 and throughout 2017 the test campaign continues in El Calafate, Argentina. For the record breaking flight, the unique glider will use giant mountain waves and the Polar Vortex to reach high into the stratosphere. .

As  partner of  the Perlan Project, Airbus is lending its technical expertise, as well as financial support.

Learning valuable lessons

At 90,000 feet, the Perlan 2 must be engineered to fly in less than 3% of normal air density and at temperatures of -70°C. The mission will harvest invaluable data for scientists worldwide to help update and improve existing climate models.

The Perlan glider plane will investigate the interaction between the troposphere, the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, and the layer above it, the stratosphere, as well as collecting data on the depletion of the ozone layer, which filters out harmful UV rays. The Airbus Perlan Mission II will also gain experience in very high altitude flight, an area of interest for Airbus for future aerospace applications.

Perlan flying  over Argentina  
30 May 2017 Innovation

Perlan II flying over Argentina

Inspiring through science

Uncharting unknown territory—that’s every scientist’s dream,” says Chief Meteorologist Dr. Elizabeth Austin. It’s with Austin’s expertise that the perfect brew of climactic conditions has been determined to help launch the Perlan II up into the stratosphere. Very little is known about the stratosphere because there have been no aircraft that can remain at level flight at altitude long enough to gather data.

As the glider flies toward its goal of 90,000 ft, atmospheric science experiments and research on ozone depletion and climate change can be conducted.

Onboard flight and weather sensors are planned for the Perlan 2, and partner high schools and universities has submitted cube-sat experiment proposals to be carried onboard the craft. Students may measure things like winds, UV, temperature, ozone, even take biological samples.

Wisdom begins with wonder

“A major aspect of the Airbus Perlan Mission II is to inspire young people to go into STEM subjects because they see that you can do cool stuff with it,” says Perlan Project board member Stéphane Fymat. “The heyday of the US space programme was so inspiring, and when it slowed down, a lot of people were left wanting. Now, they’re the ones getting involved in innovative aerospace endeavours like ours.”

“We’re going to have multiple masters’ and PhD students writing their meteorological, aviation and aeronautical engineering theses on this project. The Perlan Mission’s longevity is extended thanks to their research of those shaping aerospace’s future.” Elizabeth AustinPerlan Project Chief Meteorologist

 

 

 
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