MRO Magazine

September 23, 2015 at 9:30am Pacific: MEDIA Q&A WEBCAST With Pilots, Team That Made Aviation History Today Achieving Successful First Flight of Airbus Perlan Mission II Glider

September 23, 2015
By Business Wire News


The Perlan 2 glider, the world’s first engineless aircraft designed to reach the edge of space, has taken off for its first flight this morning to an altitude of 5,000 feet — a historic moment in global aviation as it’s the first critical milestone in the Airbus Perlan Mission II journey to break a world record for any airplane by soaring the glider to 90,000 feet next year in Argentina.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:

By achieving that success, the Perlan 2 glider will be able to do research that has never before been possible in the highest areas of the atmosphere, thereby opening up a world of new discoveries related to aeronautics, climate change and space navigation.

The Perlan 2 glider has been developed by The Perlan Project, a volunteer-run, nonprofit endeavor headed by leaders in aerospace and engineering, supported by Airbus Group and a group of other sponsors that includes Weather Extreme Ltd., United Technologies, and BRS Aerospace.

WEBCAST of Media Q&A:


To be held at 9:30am PT following historic first flight of Perlan 2 glider with pilots, top executives from Perlan Project and Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc. Allan McArtor. This Q&A will be streamed live from hangar at Robert’s Field, Redmond Airport in Redmond, Oregon.


HD B-Roll:

Webcast will also include HD footage of the glider showing the key moment of its history-making first flight — when the glider begins flying on its own as detached from lead plane.

A full B-ROLL/SOT package will be available for download following the Media Q&A at



Media Q&A participants will include:

Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc.

Einar Enevoldson, Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Perlan Project, chief pilot of Perlan 1 that broke world altitude record for gliders in 2006 with Steve Fossett

Ed Warnock, CEO of The Perlan Project

Jim Payne, Chief Pilot, Perlan 2

Morgan Sandercock, Co-pilot, Project Manager, Perlan 2

Stephane Fymat, Board Member, The Perlan Project



WEBCAST will be available at

B-ROLL will be available under “Press Kit” at



Downloadable infographic, still images/illustrations, fact sheet and more available at under “Press Kit”



Please follow activities and updates for Airbus Perlan Mission II on Twitter:



Focused Image (for Airbus Group)
Kristina Messner, 703-678-6023