One small step for man, one giant leap for a glider

Forget using huge amounts of rocket fuel to take humans into space. Now a group of scientists in California  is building a glider that will fly to the edge of space.

Scientists hoping to send manned glider to the edge of space.

Scientists hoping to send manned glider to the edge of space. Image by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0

The Perlan 2 is being designed by a team in San Diego which hopes that the glider will use air currents to rise higher than any glider has before – 90,000ft. Testing has been taking place around the US and will continue in Argentina next year where the team will put the plane to its ultimate challenge using winds from the polar vortex there. Read more: nbclosangeles.com

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