Planer Perlan-2 rises to a height of more than 27,000 meters


A saucy plan to reach a 27,000-meter-high altitude for ordinary aircraft will be carried out next month on the Perplan-2 glider from Airbus. Let’s pay tribute to the creators of the unique glider: at this altitude only special vehicles fly like a strategic reconnaissance SR-71 , and even then with the help of powerful jet engines.

The glider weighs less than a ton, the wingspan is 5.5 meters. Sealed cabin provides normal crew work without a special high-altitude suit. Since the glider does not have an engine, pilots have to use upward airflows to gain altitude. In the last test flight, the car took off from the runway of the Minden airfield, Nevada, piloted by pilots Jim Payne and Tom Anders.

Crew Perlan-2Crew Perlan-2

During the last test flight on Sunday, Perplan-2 showed enviable strength, stability, efficiency at good speed. The results obtained will help in creating new economical models capable of flying at altitudes of 10 to 12 thousand meters.

It is assumed that over time Perplan-2 will be used to collect data on the atmosphere and climate change by taking air samples from the stratosphere.

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