SOURCE: Airbus Group, Inc.

Airbus Group, Inc.

Airbus Group, Inc.

November 06, 2015 15:35 ET

Photo Op / Media Tour: Airbus Perlan Mission II Team to Test First Space Glider at ATA Engineering in San Diego Nov. 10

Ground Vibration Tests Are Key Milestone of Perlan 2 Glider's Historic Journey to Become First to Soar to Edge of Space

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 6, 2015) -

WHAT: The Airbus Perlan Mission II team made news around the world on Sept. 23 in Redmond, Ore., when pilot Jim Payne and co-pilot Morgan Sandercock completed the first flight of the Perlan 2 glider, the world's first engineless aircraft designed to reach the edge of space. The glider will be traveling to San Diego next week to ATA Engineering, Inc., where it will be undergoing Ground Vibration Testing (GVT), a critical milestone in preparation for the engineless aircraft's historic world-record breaking flight in Argentina in 2016.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 -- 10:00am - 11:30am

WHERE: ATA Engineering, Inc., 13290 Evening Creek Drive. S, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92128

WHO:  Airbus Perlan Mission II executives including Perlan Project founder and Perlan I pilot Einar Enevoldson, Perlan 2 pilot Jim Payne, Perlan 2 co-pilot and project manager Morgan Sandercock, Perlan 2 board member Stephane Fymat, and ATA Engineering, Inc. vice president of testing Ralph Brillhart.
ATA Engineering, Inc. is a recognized leader in the development of innovative test and analysis methods for aerospace and defense structures.

HOW:  Ground vibration testing (GVT) is one of the final tests that occur during aircraft development. The test will be performed to determine if the structural characteristics of the Perlan 2 glider meet safety requirements necessary to soar to the edge of space at 90,000 ft., which the Airbus Perlan Mission II team will attempt to complete next summer in Argentina.

WHY: The Perlan 2 is a pressurized sailplane designed to ride air currents to the edge of space where the air density is less than 2 percent of what it is at sea level. It will carry a crew of two, plus scientific instruments that will provide new insight into climate change and our upper atmosphere. The mission will also provide lessons in how aircraft might operate in the thin atmosphere of Mars. Despite having no engine, the glider's true flight speed at 90,000 feet will be 400+ mph. The crew will breathe pure oxygen provided by a rebreather system.


  • VISUALS - glider in ATA Engineering aviation shop as it is being tested for vibrations, Airbus Perlan Mission II team working on glider, interviews available
  • PRESS KIT - - includes B-Roll/SOTs from first flight, infographic, still images/illustrations, fact sheet, video footage and more

SOCIAL: Please follow activities and updates for Airbus Perlan Mission 2 on Twitter @PerlanProject @AirbusintheUS @AirbusGroupInc #Perlan2Glider

About Airbus Perlan Mission II

Airbus Perlan Mission II is an initiative to build and fly an engineless glider to the edge of space, higher than any other winged aircraft has sustained flight, to open up a world of new discoveries related to high-altitude flight, climate change and space exploration. The Airbus Perlan Mission II team is currently preparing the Perlan 2 glider to attempt to soar to 90,000 feet in Argentina in summer 2016, thereby setting a new world altitude record for any airplane in history, surpassing records set by the U-2 and the SR-71. This amazing endeavor is the culmination of decades of research and engineering innovation, and the work of a tireless international team of aviators and scientists who are part of The Perlan Project, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization headed by leaders in aerospace and engineering. The project is supported by Airbus Group and a group of other sponsors that includes Weather Extreme Ltd., United Technologies and BRS Aerospace.

About Airbus Group Inc.

Airbus Group, Inc. is the U.S.-based operation of Airbus Group, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Airbus Group contributes more than $16.5 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 250,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers.

About ATA Engineering Inc.

ATA Engineering is a provider of analysis and test-driven design solutions focusing on the engineering needs of major manufacturers in addressing their cost, quality, and time-to-market engineering challenges for mechanical and aerospace systems. ATA uses advanced computer-aided engineering software to solve problems for customers in the aerospace, biomedical, automotive, entertainment, and consumer products industries.

ATA is recognized as a leader in the development of innovative test and analysis methods for aerospace and defense structures. In particular, for more than a decade ATA has been the leading independent company for performing modal and dynamic testing of aircraft. In addition to our extensive testing of aerospace hardware in the USA, ATA has supported testing of military and commercial products in more than half a dozen countries around the world.

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