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Perlan 2 Breaks High-Altitude Flight Record

September 10, 2018

Perlan 2 Breaks High-Altitude Flight Record

On the heels of AsMA’s meeting in Dallas and the Bauer Lecture, “High Altitude Physiology Without an Engine,” comes the success of the Perlan 2 flight.

   The Perlan 2 is an experimental glider which, on September 2, reached 76,100 ft (~23,195 m; more than 14 miles up). This flight marks the first time an unpowered aircraft, or any aircraft other than a spy plane, has reached this altitude. It breaks the record set by a previous Perlan 2 flight, which reached 65,600 ft (~19,995 m). Morgan Sandercock, the Bauer Lecturer this past May, works on the Perlan project in all aspects, from initial configuration and design to the construction of the life support systems and piloting the glider in Argentina. To read the complete article about the Perlan 2 flight, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/experimental-glider-smashes-record-high-altitude-flight-ncna907586.