Perlan 2 glider shipped by a. hartrodt Argentina

16.10.17

Jorge Caliri, Managing Director a.hartrodt Argentina

For 10 years our colleagues in Mendoza are assisting with the import logistics of glider on trailers from the USA for personal and groupage projects.

Since last year they are part of a big project, named "Perlan Project" (http://www.perlanproject.org/).

Glider pilots have surfed on mountain waves since 1932. The process is like surfing on a wave in the ocean, except the glider is in the wave rather than on the surface of the wave.

In 1998 Dr. Elizabeth Austin joined Einar in the search of understanding stratospheric mountain waves. She found that the Polar Vortex, and one of its principal components, the stratospheric polar night jet, existing only in winter, provided the high speed wind in the stratosphere that powered incredibly high waves. The Perlan Project was formed to explore these waves and soar them to the edge of space.

On a first phase, Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson soared the Perlan I research glider to a new record altitude for gliders of 50,722 feet in the mountain waves at El Calafate, Argentina on August 8th 2006. The Perlan I is now on permanent display at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

The Perlan 2 will fly to 90,000 feet at the edge of space to explore the science of giant mountain waves that help create the ozone hole and change global climate models. This will require the engineering of a spacecraft with glider wings that can fly in less than 3% of normal air density and at temperatures of minus 70 degrees C, conditions approximating the surface of Mars. These missions will provide education and inspiration for young people seeking careers of exploration and adventure in engineering and science.

Our colleagues from Los Angeles (namely Claudia Ortiz) started the arrangements in Nevada, sending out a container via Los Angeles to arrive in San Antonio and inland transport to Mendoza.

The customer was extremely thankful and satisfied with our services. They even mentioned us on their blog! Please check it out on: http://www.perlanproject.org/blog/perlan-2-arrives-argentina

After years of service to the Perlan Project, a. hartrodt Argentina also arranged the land transport of the glider to El Calafate (2,700 km away from Mendoza) - a five days journey to the South. The glider arrives on July 8th as planned.

Fortunately, after many efforts, Perlan Project Mission II, reached the world record flight of 52,172 feet on September 3rd 2017. Congratulations! We are very proud being part of this project.