Morgan Sandercock, the project manager for the Perlan Mission II, has just married Sandra Bazgan, a program manager for the Argentinian Air Force.
It was almost what you’d call love at first sight, when you consider the pair have been together for less than three months, but have been married for two.
“We first met four years ago through the project and we have photographs with the two of us in them, but at opposite ends of the room,” Mr Sandercock said.
Ms Bazgan’s involvement with the project ramped up last winter when she started working on it full time, and the pair grew closer.
“We quickly decided it wasn’t a matter of if we should be married, but when,” Mr Sandercock said.
“I said next year, she said next week. We compromised on next month.”
It all started when Ms Bazgan stumbled upon the project through her research job.
“At first I was working in survival in cold weather for pilots. It took me to Buenos Aires so I began to search for something I liked and I found the Perlan,” Ms Bazgan said.
“The Air Force took the project and we have an agreement with the Perlan to work on research and development.”
Ms Bazgan helps the team deal with permissions, translations and official institutional relations, such as agreements with universities, security, and government officials.
Asked how the pair knew they should be together Mr Sandercock said they had a huge amount in common.
“We think the same way, we read the same research papers,” he said.
“So when it comes to where to sit in an airliner, she knows which seat’s the safest and I would choose to sit in that seat too, totally independently.”
“We do so many things the same way it was obvious we had to get married.”