Yahoo Finance: "This is an exciting opportunity to have a real hands-on space experience added to the classroom," said founding director of Teachers in Space, Inc., Elizabeth Kennick. Airbus Perlan Mission II via MarketWired
'"We believe that students must be interested and motivated to learn before learning can take place. Through the CubeSat flight experimentation contest and our partnership with Airbus Perlan Mission II, we hope to create a generation that understands the importance of science, technology and innovation, and are self-motivated to learn and pursue careers in the STEM fields."
'A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research. The basic building blocks of CubeSats are units that measure just 4 inches on a side, allowing for a wide array of instrumentation to collect data about the environment. Inside the Perlan 2 glider is a payload bay capable of holding four standard CubeSat frames at a time, which will be exposed to the outside airflow. Experiments for the flights range from atmospheric testing to low pressure effects on everyday objects.
'"This is really part of our company's DNA -- to explore, to invent things, to educate," said Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. "Through our work with Airbus Perlan Mission II, we're all going to be students of the stratosphere, watching and learning as mysteries unfold. Together in partnership with Teachers in Space, we hope to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists to go along for that amazing ride with us."'