A world record is more than accomplishing the desired feat. A world record claim must document the data and prove that the pertinent rules were followed. A major component of verification is the flight data recorders. Thanks to Professsor Simone D'Amico and the Space Rendezvous Lab at Stanford University, Perlan Project was able to document that flight data and follow the never before used rules. Thanks also to Bernald Smith and Todd Walters for setting up the initial calaibration in 2016 and to Duncan Eddy and Vince Giralo for running the scripts. Tom Payne (PhD Stanford) helped the lab set up the two LX's for the calibrations.
Perlan’s blog collects the thoughts and experiences of team members from the multiple disciplines needed to build and prepare the aircraft, plan the flight, and carry out the mission. Here, you’ll find insights from the designers, craftspeople, pilots, meteorologists, and support personnel who will make Perlan’s record ascents a reality. Perlan’s blog will be an opportunity to delve into the challenges and triumphs that travel with the giant sailplane.