"ACONCAGUA XP 05"
Angelo d’Arrigo’s global project is to free fly over the world’s highest mountains, simulating large migratory birds. Having achieved this over the Himalayas in 2004, Angelo now plans to go to the world’s second largest mountain chain: The Andes.
The Condor, living in the Andes, is the most advanced bird of prey in the world. Its flight technique and its characteristically aerodynamic wings enable it to exploit extreme meteorological conditions. Pilots flying between Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile), have recorded sightings of the condor reaching heights of over 10,000 metres.
Such stratospheric heights can only be achieved as a result of the ascending winds, which arise from the impact of the alisei wind from the Pacific Ocean on the sides of Aconcagua (6, 962 m).
On the completion of his Everest project, Angelo d’Arrigo was attracted by this aerological phenomenon and decided to take on the new challenge of flying over Aconcagua: flying like the condor.
- To free fly over the peak of Aconcagua, using the ascending currents from the North West face.
Research carried out into aerodynamics by Elasis and the University Federico II, resulted in the development of a unique hang glider. It is the first in the world to imitate the slow movement of the condor’s wings.
The hang glider was developed in conjunction with A-I-R and Icaro 2000.
Tests were performed using a harness created by Woody Valley in the FIAT Auto wind tunnel.
An innovative flight recording instrument, created by DigiFly, will be used to assess Angelo d’Arrigo. Not only will it be able to record flight data but will also monitor the physiological changes within Angelo d’ Arrigo at high levels of altitude.
All of the relative flight times will be timed and recorded by a Paul Picot watch. Simulations have been carried out in a pressure chamber up to heights of 14,000 metres.
Swing made a specialised fast paraglider enabling base camps on Aconcagua to be reached.
Angelo d’ Arrigo developed a specialised breathing technique in order to overcome the effects of high pressure on the body caused by high altitudes. The technique, called Pranayama, was developped at the “Centro di Medicina Aerospaziale dell’ Aeronautica Militare Italiana”.
A documentary of the project will be made by DocLab, directed by Marco Visalberghi for the National Geographic Channel.
This dual national project between Argentina and Italy has been possible thanks to the help and support of the Argentinain Minister of Defence and the Minister of Tourism.
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