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May 8, 2016
The test of the Perlan 2 stratospheric glider which took place Saturday is a success. The goal is to beat the altitude record that can fly an aircraft.
Perlan 2 space glider
The test was conducted with two hours late, but it took place. Despite the rain that fell without stopping, the aircraft manufacturer Airbus has flown in Nevada (western United States) Perlan 2 space glider with on board its president, Tom Enders, who was the co-pilot. This trial was reduced to about ten minutes, as the Perlan 2, whose main goal is to beat the altitude record that can fly an aircraft, is considered more effective in dry weather, according to Jim Payne, the chief pilot this test flight, whose original term was thirty minutes to two hours.
"It was short (but) we could not see very well because of heavy clouds. Otherwise there would have stayed longer, "said Tom Enders smiling as he stepped off the plane. The objective of this test, which is part of a flight campaign began in March, has confirmed that a crew can survive in conditions similar to those of Mars. Airbus and the American Association Perlan Mission 2 at the origin of this ambitious project, initially wanted Saturday to test the entire system of this aircraft without engine to be submitted during the flight at various speeds and in various scenarios altitude , stress and vibration.
Perlan 2 space glider characteristics
26 meters wide and 816 kilos
The Perlan mission 2 is a space glider project developed by an association of specialists in engineering and aerospace. Airbus, which plans to build airplanes that can fly at altitudes higher than the current average, has promised up to $ 4 million making it one of the largest donors.
Perlan 2 glider sizes and envergure
Back to the golden age of space exploration?
The Perlan 2 team plans to settle in Argentina in the summer because the reliefs waves (type of air masses) are powered by the polar vortex to the stratosphere and because it wants to take advantage of the strong currents caused by the Andes. The waves used to ensure the sustenance of Perlan 2 are actually generated in the mountainous regions.
Perlan 2 flight graphic
By taking part in this project which refers to the golden age of space exploration, Airbus is trying to associate his name with the current innovations in the aerospace industry under the leadership of American billionaire Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin, Amazon) that engage in a duel in remote launchers.
Perlan 2 "can contribute to scientific research and especially to allow to keep alive the enthusiasm for aviation in young generations. It's a little pass the witness, "suggests Tom Enders.
For more information about Perlan Mission II, visit: http://www.perlanproject.org/
Images, Info-graphics, Text, Credits: AFP / Airbus Perlan Mission II/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga,