A telescopic image of the World View balloon.

Travis Deyoe, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona

Stratospheric startup World View flew a Stratolite high-altitude balloon for 16 days straight, in an effort to show the benefits of high-altitude remote sensing for customers.

The mission included multiple examples of tight station-keeping for at least a day, in a 62-mile (100-kilometer) diameter area. It also demonstrated the balloon’s durability and distance capabilities, as it flew more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.

“This is a great accomplishment for our team,” said Ryan Hartman, World View president and CEO, in a statement, adding that the company wants to move towards producing high-resolution photography from these Stratolite flights.

“Affordable, real-time, persistent intelligence from a high-altitude platform does not exist today,” Hartman added. “We are continually inspired by the positive impact such a capability could have on the world, and today marks a big step towards that vision.”

World View’s main competitor for balloon photography comes from several companies that operate in space, such as Planet or Urthecast. Both high-altitude balloons and satellites can provide high-resolution photography over large swaths of terrain. Balloons stay in the air for short periods of time, but they tend to be cheaper to launch and easier to direct over a certain area (as long as the prevailing winds are taken into account.)

Map of World View’s Stratolite mission path from May to June 2019.

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Satellites persist in orbit for months or years at a time, but tend to be deployed in swarms to allow for fast revisit times to individual locations — and to give comprehensive coverage. That’s because satellites, once sent into space, do not have enough fuel on board to change orbits. Satellites also tend to be expensive, although their cost is diminishing with more frequent CubeSat and nanosat launches.

Stratolite will eventually fly for months at a time, using what World View calls “proprietary altitude technology.” The balloon can control its position and altitude using the prevailing winds at stratospheric heights. Payloads it carries aloft can stay connected with control centers on Earth, and once the mission is finished, Stratolite is advertised as a pinpoint-landing platform for easy recovery of data.

In March 2018, World View announced it raised $26.5 million in Series C funding; across its Series A, B and C rounds, the company has received nearly $50 million from investors. The latest round of funding was supposed to push forward development of Stratolite and commercial applications of high-altitude ballooning.

Another possible future stream of income could come from offering rides to the stratosphere to show off the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth. While the company has not released a firm flight date and is focusing on commercial uses of Stratolite for now, the company is taking requests to bring tourists to 100,000 feet (32 kilometers) during a five- to six-hour flight. Another market for this work could be researchers needing to monitor experiments close by during flights, World View says on its website.

This tourism market is nascent, but includes companies such as Spanish ballooning company Zero 2 Infinity, and companies that may fly into space itself such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. For now, however, the most popular space markets come from commercial applications such as telecommunications, surveillance, and natural resource monitoring.

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A telescopic picture of the World View balloon.

Travis Deyoe, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona

Dizzying start-up World View flew a Stratolite high-altitude balloon for 16 days directly, in an effort to reveal the advantages of high-altitude remote noticing for clients.

The objective consisted of numerous examples of tight station-keeping for a minimum of a day, in a 62- mile (100- kilometer) size location. It likewise showed the balloon’s sturdiness and range abilities, as it flew more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) throughout Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.

” This is an excellent achievement for our group,” stated Ryan Hartman, World View president and CEO, in a declaration, including that the business wishes to move towards producing high-resolution photography from these Stratolite flights.

” Cost effective, real-time, consistent intelligence from a high-altitude platform does not exist today,” Hartman included. “We are continuously motivated by the favorable effect such an ability might have on the world, and today marks a huge action towards that vision.”

World View’s primary rival for balloon photography originates from numerous business that run in area, such as World or Urthecast. Both high-altitude balloons and satellites can offer high-resolution photography over big swaths of surface. Balloons remain in the air for brief amount of times, however they tend to be less expensive to introduce and much easier to direct over a specific location (as long as the dominating winds are considered.)

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Map of World View’s Stratolite objective course from May to June2019

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Satellites continue orbit for months or years at a time, however tend to be released in swarms to enable quick review times to specific places– and to provide thorough protection. That’s since satellites, as soon as sent out into area, do not have adequate fuel on board to alter orbits. Satellites likewise tend to be pricey, although their expense is reducing with more regular CubeSat and nanosat launches.

Stratolite will ultimately fly for months at a time, utilizing what World View calls “exclusive elevation innovation.” The balloon can manage its position and elevation utilizing the dominating winds at dizzying heights. Payloads it brings up can remain gotten in touch with nerve center in the world, and as soon as the objective is completed, Stratolite is promoted as a pinpoint-landing platform for simple healing of information.

In March 2018, World View revealed it raised $265 million in Series C financing; throughout its Series A, B and C rounds, the business has actually gotten almost $50 million from financiers. The most recent round of financing was expected to press forward advancement of Stratolite and industrial applications of high-altitude ballooning.

Another possible future stream of earnings might originate from using trips to the stratosphere to display the blackness of area and the curvature of the Earth. While the business has actually not launched a company flight date and is concentrating on industrial usages of Stratolite in the meantime, the business is taking demands to bring travelers to 100,000 feet (32 kilometers) throughout a 5- to six-hour flight. Another market for this work might be scientists requiring to keep track of experiments nearby throughout flights, World View states on its site.

This tourist market is nascent, however consists of business such as Spanish ballooning business No 2 Infinity, and business that might fly into area itself such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. In the meantime, nevertheless, the most popular area markets originate from industrial applications such as telecoms, monitoring, and natural deposit tracking.

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A telescopic picture of the World View balloon.

Travis Deyoe, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona

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Dizzying start-up World View flew a Stratolite high-altitude balloon for 16 days directly, in an effort to reveal the advantages of high-altitude remote noticing for clients.

The objective consisted of numerous examples of tight station-keeping for a minimum of a day, in a 62 – mile (100 – kilometer) size location. It likewise showed the balloon’s sturdiness and range abilities, as it flew more than 3, 000 miles (4, 800 km) throughout Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.

“This is an excellent achievement for our group,” stated Ryan Hartman, World View president and CEO, in a declaration, including that the business wishes to move towards producing high-resolution photography from these Stratolite flights.

“Cost effective, real-time, consistent intelligence from a high-altitude platform does not exist today,” Hartman included. “We are continuously motivated by the favorable effect such an ability might have on the world, and today marks a huge action towards that vision.”

World View’s primary rival for balloon photography originates from numerous business that run in area, such as World or Urthecast. Both high-altitude balloons and satellites can offer high-resolution photography over big swaths of surface. Balloons remain in the air for brief amount of times, however they tend to be less expensive to introduce and much easier to direct over a specific location (as long as the dominating winds are considered.)

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Map of World View’s Stratolite objective course from May to June2019

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Satellites continue orbit for months or years at a time, however tend to be released in swarms to enable quick review times to specific places– and to provide thorough protection. That’s since satellites, as soon as sent out into area, do not have adequate fuel on board to alter orbits. Satellites likewise tend to be pricey, although their expense is reducing with more regular CubeSat and nanosat launches.

Stratolite will ultimately fly for months at a time, utilizing what World View calls “exclusive elevation innovation.” The balloon can manage its position and elevation utilizing the dominating winds at dizzying heights. Payloads it brings up can remain gotten in touch with nerve center in the world, and as soon as the objective is completed, Stratolite is promoted as a pinpoint-landing platform for simple healing of information.

In March 2018, World View revealed it raised $ 26.5 million in Series C financing; throughout its Series A, B and C rounds, the business has actually gotten almost $ 50 million from financiers. The most recent round of financing was expected to press forward advancement of Stratolite and industrial applications of high-altitude ballooning.

Another possible future stream of earnings might originate from using trips to the stratosphere to display the blackness of area and the curvature of the Earth. While the business has actually not launched a company flight date and is concentrating on industrial usages of Stratolite in the meantime, the business is taking demands to bring travelers to 100, 000 feet (32 kilometers) throughout a 5 – to six-hour flight. Another market for this work might be scientists requiring to keep track of experiments nearby throughout flights, World View states on its site.

This tourist market is nascent, however consists of business such as Spanish ballooning business No 2 Infinity, and business that might fly into area itself such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. In the meantime, nevertheless, the most popular area markets originate from industrial applications such as telecoms, monitoring, and natural deposit tracking.

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