Modified standard production glider with pressure suits.

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


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


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


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.


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.