February Lecture: The Perlan Project

An Engineless Aircraft Reaching the Edge of Space

By Loris Gliner, Imperial College London

The famous phrase from Star Trek captures the promise of the joy of scientific exploration, “Boldly going where no one has gone before”.

The science of the Perlan Project is about doing something  that has never been done before and understanding what has never been understood before. Only a few people have been to the edge of space. We are going to explore the edge of space without a polluting engine on the clean pure wings of a glider. We are just beginning to clearly understand what happens there that impacts the weather around the globe. Someday soon, airliners will fly at these heights and we are pioneers that will map the paths through the giant mountain waves that can trigger the strongest turbulence in the air.

The Perlan flights will boldly seek knowledge where few have flown before.


18:30 – Wednesday 28th February 2018

UWE Frenchay Campus – Room TBC

 Members and non-members welcome!

For enquiries contact Anna Pugh (01179361643 – anna.pugh@airbus.com)

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