The engineless Airbus Perlan Mission II set a new world altitude record for gliding when it flew over 52,000 feet above the ground in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Perlan Mission II aims to fly to the edge of space using stratospheric mountain waves, which are rising air currents significantly heightened a few times a year in only a couple of places on the planet. The ultimate goal for the aircraft is to reach 90,000 feet.

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