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030 - Perian II - Fly a glider to the edge of space.

posted Aug 2, 2014, 3:46 PM by Marc G   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 7:22 AM ]
 
Did you know that wind hitting a mountain range creates waves which reach many times higher than the mountain range itself.

Glider pilots have been using these mountain waves to break altitude records for many years, but this team plans to take it to the next level.

Their aim is to fly higher than 90,000ft. That is higher than the U2, even the SR-71.





Imagine a simple autonomous aircraft with the typical set of ardupilot sensors that could sniff out these waves to stay aloft, they could just about be disposable. Seriously the technology is already here.
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