283 – The Perlan Project
Guest: Lars Bensch, Jim Payne Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Stefaan Rillaert
The Perlan Project aims to fly gliders into the stratosphere by exploiting mountain waves in order to better understand those waves and to explore the edge of what gliders can do. In fact, last September, they broke the world altitude record for gliders. In this episode we chat about the project, the airplane and the flying with engineer Lars Bensch and pilot Jim Payne.
Introduction and Goals00:03:39
Lars Bensch | Perlan Project | Wired article and video | Stratosphere | Troposphere | Mountain Wave | Mountain Wave Project
Perlan II | Glider | Glaser-Dirks DG-500 | Pressure suit | Armstrong limit | Drogue parachute | Reynolds number | Flutter | Aileron | Mach number | Stall | Glide ratio | Lockheed U-2 | Einar Enevoldson | Grob G 520 ‘EGRETT’ | Grob Strato 2C | Avionics | LXNAV LX 9000 | Cubesat
Minden, Nevada | El Calafate | Elizabeth Austin | Polar vortex | Perlan Project Team
The Perlam episode was wonderful and I enjoyed it greatly. I am especially pleased when Markus does gliding related podcasts – please keep making many more! Thank you.
Entirely interesting podcast. Well placed questions that brought many details and intricate parts of the project, and flying into stratosphere. Excellent work