El Calafate, Argentina--The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider flew to 52,172 feet over the Andes mountains on September 3, establishing a new world altitude record for sailplanes and marking a key step on the way towards an eventual target of 90,000 ft. The 82-ft span pressurized aircraft was lifted to high altitude by stratospheric mountain waves which developed over South America in early September. The favorable weather pattern occurred just days before the Airbus Perlan Mission II ...

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