Airbus Glider Set to Enter the Record Books
If that sounds dangerous, that’s because it is. Those extreme altitudes mean the Airbus Perlan 2’s crew will face some pretty extreme conditions- not the least of which will be cold and oxygen deprivation at the edge of space. The glider’s cabin is pressurized to keep the pilots alive, but if that system fails there is a drogue parachute (I had to look it up, too ) that deploys from the tail of the Perlan 2 that will force a rapid, vertical descent. A more traditional ballistic recovery parachute can deploy at lower altitudes to bring the entire plane to the ground safely with minimal pilot intervention.