Texas-based Airbus DS Government Solutions provided communications support for the record-breaking Perlan Mission II flight on Monday in El Calafate, Argentina. The Ranger 2000 Flyaway Terminal provided by Airbus DS GS transmitted video of this momentous flight, crucial for historical documentation, and record verification. The Ranger 2000 operated flawlessly as the Perlan Mission II soared in the stratosphere to a pressure altitude of over 62,000 feet setting a new gliding altitude world record (pending official validation).
About Airbus Perlan Mission II
Airbus Perlan Mission II is an initiative to fly an engineless glider to the edge of space, higher than any other winged aircraft has operated in level, controlled flight, to open up a world of new discoveries related to high-altitude flight, weather and climate change. This historic endeavor is the culmination of decades of research and engineering innovation, and the work of a tireless international team of aviators and scientists who volunteer their time and expertise for the non-profit Perlan Project. The project is supported by Airbus and a group of other sponsors that includes Weather Extreme Ltd., United Technologies and BRS Aerospace.