Funding Opportunities for Scientific Research Projects

You can sponsor one of the investigations of the impact of stratospheric waves on global weather patterns, atmospheric chemistry, and flight safety. Flying at the edge of space, the Airbus Perlan Mission II flight campaigns will collect, analyze, and share open-source data with scientists around the world. 

Radiosonde (Weather Balloon) Instruments and Launches:

Produce accurate operational forecasts for Perlan II flights in the remote region of southern Patagonia, Argentina, where direct observations of atmospheric phenomena are sparse.

Atmospheric Research Sky-Cameras in three critical locations, Patagonia, Argentina: 

Cameras focused on the sky during stratospheric wave events will provide invaluable weather observations to inform accurate operational forecasts and help to validate wave models in the remote region of southern Patagonia, Argentina where direct observations of these atmospheric phenomena are sparse. 

Sudden Stratospheric Warming Data Analysis

A rare Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event occurred and was documented during the 2019 Airbus Perlan Mission II flight campaign. The sudden warming in the stratosphere was a precursor to an early and severe fire season in Australia

Radio Occultation Experiment - Installation and Data Management: 

Measure atmospheric humidity up to 100km away from the Perlan II glider using GPS satellite navigation signals. Water in the upper atmosphere where Perlan flies is the number one greenhouse gas and has a significant impact on global weather. Radio occultation has been found to be one of the most efficient measurement techniques to reduce weather forecast errors. 

Installation of a donated internet communications system on the Perlan 2 and Egrett

Integrated satellite internet connectivity in the Perlan research glider and the Egret tow plane will link our scientific instruments and broadcast live video worldwide to scientists and followers of Perlan’s flights.

LiDAR and other instruments for stratospheric measurements 

Putting a LiDAR unit into the stratosphere will allow very high-altitude measurements of the ozone layer, Polar Stratospheric Clouds, and stratospheric mountain wave strength. aerosols in the atmosphere from a distance. This data can help to verify global weather forecasting models.

Development of System of Remote Control “Soaring Sondes”

Perlan partner Stratodynamics has dropped RC gliders from over 100,000 feet carrying instruments over Spaceport America in New Mexico. We would like to extend their work to conduct an in-depth analysis of the downwind wavefield generated by the southern Polar Vortex.