THEIR plan is to “reach the edge of space” by get­ting a glider up to 90,000ft (27.432km) in the sky.

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The Per­lan Project team’s lat­est ef­fort has reached 52,172ft (15.9km), and that’s a new world record for the high­est al­ti­tude reached by a glider.

The record-break­ing flight was made over Patag­o­nia in south­ern Ar­gentina. The team chose this part of the world for two main rea­sons: firstly, wind cur­rents over the An­des moun­tain range cre­ate a type of wave ef­fect. A bit like a surfer rides waves in the sea, the glider could ride the wind waves to their peaks, which im­me­di­ately took the glider as high as 40,000ft.

Se­condly, there’s a jet stream (high wind) at the South Pole that moves north­wards, help­ing take an air­craft as high as 120,000ft.

So what’s the point of ul­ti­mately reach­ing 90,000ft? The team say they want to study Earth’s at­mos­phere and ozone layer in de­tail.

Af­ter the 52,172ft record was set, project boss Ed Warnock said: “We’ve made his­tory, but the learn­ing has just be­gun.”

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