Dr. Elizabeth Austin, CCM, founder and President of WeatherExtreme Ltd., is currently serving as the Chief Meteorologist for the Perlan Project. The Perlan Project is an international scientific endeavor to fly a manned glider (no engine) to 100,000 feet above the earth.
In July of 2014 Airbus Group became the partner and title sponsor of Airbus Perlan Mission II.
Sometime in 2015/16 the Airbus Perlan Mission II intends to set new altitude records by flying a purpose-built pressurized high-altitude glider (the Perlan 2) higher than any other manned wing borne aircraft has ever flown in sustained flight using stratospheric mountain waves and the polar vortex and in so doing harvest invaluable data about earth’s atmosphere and its ozone layer.
Perlan Project intends to use the Airbus Perlan Mission II to expand their educational programmes by creating more partnerships and forming an international education committee.
Current Team – Airbus Perlan Mission II Team
Current Missions – Airbus Perlan Mission II
Current Aircraft – Perlan 2
Phase 1 (completed)
Certified production DG505M using full pressure suits in an unpressurized cabin. The maximum altitude possible with this configuration was calculated as 62,000 feet.
Omarama, New Zealand and El Calafate, Argentina
On August 30th, 2006, pilots Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set the world-record altitude for gliders of 50,671 feet (15,447 m). Measurements taken during the flight proved that they had reached the stratosphere. This has provided the team with valuable information that will be used in Phase 2.
Airbus Perlan Mission 2 (in progress)
To soar to 90,000 feet using stratospheric mountain waves and the Polar Night Jet.
Requires a special pressurized high altitude sailplane currently being built.
El Calafate, Argentina
To soar to 100,000 feet and carry out long international flights using the Polar Night Jet/Polar Vortex.
For more information on The Perlan Project please visit: www.perlanproject.org