Modified standard production glider with pressure suits.

Manufacturer: DG Flugzeugbau
Type: DG505M
Year: 2000(?)
Wingspan: 20m (65 feet)
Crew: 2

Features:

Wide cockpit
Certified to carry heavy loads in the fuselage
Self-launching (motorised)

Modifications:

Engine removed and replaced with liquid oxygen dewars (vacuum flasks)
Scientific instruments installed
Flight instruments installed
Non-rechargable “primary” batteries fitted
Double-wall canopy glazing
Emergency drogue parachute

Performance:

The crew must wear Air Force pressure suits in the unpressurized cabin. The maximum altitude possible with this configuration was calculated as 62,000 feet.

Result:

On August 30th, 2006, pilots Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set a world-record altitude for gliders of 50,671 feet (15,447 m). This has provided the team with valuable information that will be used in the construction of the Perlan 2 glider.