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New wings take to the sky.

With expectant eyes turned skyward, a crew of engineers will gather in California's Mojave desert later this month to watch the first flights of the prototype for Perseus, an unmanned airplane designed to reach higher than any other nonmilitary plane (SN: 3/2/91, p.136).

NASA is considering using several of these probes to explore the ozone layer and possibly the Antarctic ozone hole--a region inaccessible to other research planes. Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. in Manassas, Va., developed the low-altitude prototype and plans to start building the actual Perseus next month.
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Title Annotation:prototype of the unmanned airplane Perseus
Publication:Science News
Date:Sep 14, 1991
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