Watching a world record being set in real time! Until a few minutes ago, the world record for altitude in a sailplane/glider was 52,172 feet. Now 53,486 feet and climbing! Watch real-time telemetry and see how high they get this time!
Michael K Johnson August 26, 2018 14:43
+Curtis Olson — thought you might like to see this.
Michael K Johnson August 26, 2018 15:46
60388 feet… That’s about 7% of atmospheric pressure at sea level, to give an idea how thin the air is there.
Michael K Johnson August 26, 2018 16:17
for air density data
Michael K Johnson August 26, 2018 16:32
62473 feet (from telemetry, not final) and it’s a wrap! Unofficial, but more than ten thousand feet higher than the previous record.
Edward Morbius August 26, 2018 22:05
+Michael K Johnson Goal is 90k ft (27,430m). Damn!
This phase will set a goal of exploring the stratosphere up to 100,000 feet. Flight speeds will increase to the point where the glider will need new transonic wings. Flight operations will be extended to exploring the Polar Vortex in the northern hemisphere.
Michael K Johnson August 28, 2018 13:17
Go visit again, as they are trying for higher today. We’ll see what happens!
Michael K Johnson August 28, 2018 16:21
65953 highest telemetry data in this flight so far… Looks like a new record again! And they are still hunting for more lift.
Michael K Johnson September 02, 2018 10:55
Another launch today! Still under tow as I post this…
Michael K Johnson September 02, 2018 14:11
Over 76000 and climbing! This is amazing!
Michael K Johnson September 02, 2018 14:51
They had to descend more than 24,000 feet to get down to the height of the record they set last year.
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