OSTIV Presentations

Perlan Science and Engineering Progress after 75,000 Feet


Convention Center Ballroom C Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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SANDERCOCK, Morgan

There have been a lot of upgrades to the Perlan glider since the 76,000 ft altitude record. Heating the battery turned out to be more complex than the cabin pressurization, and this last year, a number of flight-test instrumentation wee added, including some really remarkable sensors on the control surfaces.

Meteorology was also significant to this past year’s expedition, with the Sudden Stratospheric Warming event that the team was able to measure. The Polar Stratospheric Clouds (Perlan clouds) were also photographed from 50,000ft altitude for the first time.