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First flight of high-altitude glider - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 September 2015 08:32

Airbus has announced its first flight glider called Perlan II. Tests conducted over the airport in Redmond, Oregon, have been found to be successful. The glider climbed to a height of 1.5 thous. M. In 2016 from the territory of the Argentine unit without the engine will have to make his historic flight, rising to a height of 27.4 thous. M. In the future, these gliders are used for scientific research and carrying out meteorological observations. The project is supported by Weather Extreme, United Technologies, and BRS Aerospace. The glider is controlled by two pilots. It rises in the air by the aircraft at a certain height which releases the machine. Perlan 2 can reach the stratosphere because of air flow over certain mountainous regions located near the north and south poles. In the future, the glider will have to set a record, rising to a height of 27.4 thous. M, which is higher than the ceiling of reconnaissance planes, U-2 and SR-71. Despite the fact that the glider is not the engine speed in the stratosphere will be more than 640 km / h. Air density at a height 50 times less than at sea level. Pilots will be breathing through an oxygen mask.