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World View Conducts Its Longest Balloon Flight

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World View Enterprises Inc. has carried out its longest-ever test flight, successfully demonstrating high-altitude Earth observation and communications capabilities with its Stratollite balloon and Stratocraft payload.

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High-altitude Balloon Meant to Mimic Satellites Pulls Off Longest Flight Yet

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Arizona-based company World View successfully pulled off a five-day test flight of its specialized high-altitude balloon, which is designed to carry Earth-observing instruments to the upper edges of the atmosphere. It’s the longest flight yet of the so-called “stratollite,” though eventually World View hopes to keep these vehicles flying for months, or even a year, at a time.

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World View Completes Five-day Test Flight for ‘Stratollite’ High-altitude Balloon

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World View Enterprises has executed its longest stratospheric balloon flight ever, steering a solar-powered payload through five days’ worth of testing at altitudes in excess of 55,000 feet.

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Digital Trends World View Nails Longest Flight Yet With Data-Gathering Stratollite... Read Full Article

World View Nails Longest Flight Yet With Data-Gathering Stratollite Balloon

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Elon Musk and his SpaceX team may grab all of the headlines with their rocket-landing feats and talk of going to Mars, but an Arizona-based outfit has been working diligently on its own high-altitude project aimed at drastically reducing the cost of satellite deployment.

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World View Successfully Launches its First Stratollite from its Tucson HQ

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Stratospheric balloon launch startup World View has completed its inaugural launch from its new Tucson, Arizona-based headquarters, the company announced today. The new HQ was officially opened back in February, but since then it’s been preparing the facility for regular launch operations, culminating in today’s debut take-off.

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World View Launches First Stratollite Balloon

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World View, which plans to offer services such as Earth Observation (EO) from the stratosphere using high altitude balloons, has successfully completed its first Stratollite launch from its Tuscon, Arizona headquarters.

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World View Successfully Launches Near-space Balloon from its New HQ

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The startup has completed the first launch of a Stratollite balloon from its new headquarters in Tucson, where it hopes to turn balloon launches into a routine occurrence.

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GeekWire World View Launches ‘Stratollite’ Balloon from Spaceport Tucson for... Read Full Article

World View Launches ‘Stratollite’ Balloon from Spaceport Tucson for the First Time

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World View today executed its first balloon liftoff from Spaceport Tucson, the Arizona facility that it expects will be the home base for satellite-like “Stratollite” missions to the stratosphere — and, eventually, tourist flights as well.

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World View’s Stratollite Took a KFC Chicken Sandwich to the Edge of Space

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/29/world-views-stratollite-brought-a-kfc-chicken-sandwich-to-the-edge-of-space/

World View is building a different kind of space business, using high-altitude balloons to take cargo to and provide services in the Earth’s stratosphere, the middle layer of the atmosphere separating us from space.

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A Chicken Sandwich Hitches a Balloon Ride to the Stratosphere

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KFC signed up to take part in the demonstration flight, which will test the full complement of technologies, including solar panels to generate power and the navigational technology that will tap into prevailing winds to steer to any part of the world and then hover over a particular spot.

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World View’s Stratospheric Balloon Mission for KFC Isn’t Just About a Chicken Sandwich

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For World View Enterprises, the flight is expected to serve as a four-day shakedown cruise for its “Stratollite” system, which could eventually send military and commercial imaging payloads to the edge of the atmosphere for months at a time.

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World View is Taking a KFC Chicken Sandwich to the Edge of Space

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This will be the first multi-day mission of the company’s Stratollite system, in what CTO Taber MacCallum described as a “shakedown cruise” for the platform’s system.

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Why a Private Space Balloon Company is Sending KFC Chicken to the Stratosphere

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15791474/world-view-stratollite-kfc-zinger-stratosphere

The mission may seem like a gimmick, but the point is to test out a significant capability for World View. The Stratollite will stay in the stratosphere for four days — the longest the vehicle has ever flown.

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Watch World View explain its Unique Approach to Space Business and Tourism

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World View’s new spaceport in Tucson, Arizona is focused on a unique task: Launching high altitude balloons that will take equipment, and eventually people, to the Earth’s stratosphere to do work in an edge-of-space operating theater.

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World View Shows off its HQ and Stratollite Platform for Near-space Balloon Missions

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World View Enterprises declared its Tucson headquarters and its hybrid balloon technology to be ready for prime time today, in the wake of a pathfinder mission that captured satellite-type imagery from a stratospheric height of nearly 77,000 feet.

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Inside World View, the Company That Wants to Take You Into the Stratosphere With a Balloon

http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/24/14708614/world-view-new-hq-stratosphere-balloon-space-tourism

This year, World View is introducing a new vehicle known as the stratollite; it’s equipped with sensors, cameras, and other types of instruments, and is designed to go up to the stratosphere — without people.

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Published on February 24th, 2017. Permalink

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Stratospheric Ballooning Company World View Unveils its New Arizona Headquarters

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World View plans to develop a balloon system to carry tourists and scientists to the edge of space. That system will operate under a commercial license from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

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High-Altitude Balloon Company Wants to Open a New Market at the Edge of Space

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World View Enterprises, a private company that plans to sell balloon rides to the edge of space, has announced the grand opening of its new headquarters and a conjoined spaceport in Tucson, Arizona.

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Published on February 24th, 2017. Permalink

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World View’s Stratollites and New Spaceport Aim to Change the Business of Space

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World View’s new HQ dominates the landscape, and reflects the enormity of World View’s main goal, which is nothing short of carving out a brand new and unique market for commercial spaceflight operations.

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Published on February 24th, 2017. Permalink

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World View Unveils Global Headquarters

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World View, the stratospheric exploration company, today announced the grand opening of its new Global Headquarters campus, collocated with Spaceport Tucson. The 142,000-square-foot facility is the world’s first purpose-built commercial gateway to the Stratosphere.

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Published on February 23rd, 2017. Permalink

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World View and Ball Aerospace Demonstrate Persistent Remote Sensing from Stratollite Platform

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World View and Ball Aerospace successfully completed a Stratollite mission earlier this month, demonstrating early capabilities for remote sensing applications from the stratosphere, nearly 70,000 feet above Earth.

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World View Unveils New Global Headquarters & Spaceport Tucson

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WORLD VIEW UNVEILS NEW GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS & SPACEPORT TUCSON

World’s First Major Commercial Gateway to the Stratosphere

For photos and b-roll of the new HQ and Spaceport Tucson, visit http://bit.ly/2lCq86x.

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TUCSON, Ariz. – World View, the stratospheric exploration company, today announced the grand opening of its new Global Headquarters campus, collocated with Spaceport Tucson. The 142,000-square-foot facility is the world’s first purpose-built commercial gateway to the Stratosphere.

World View’s founder and CEO, Jane Poynter, formerly a Biosphere 2 crew member with a long and successful executive career in aerospace, lauds the moment as a major step in unlocking the untapped economic and scientific potential of the stratosphere. “World View and Spaceport Tucson are at the forefront of opening an entirely new economy in the stratosphere,” said Poynter. “For decades, trillions of dollars of commerce have been transacted in commercial airspace and in low-earth orbit, but the stratosphere has been largely ignored. With the grand opening of this facility and all the great work being done within its walls, we’re embarking on a new era of affordable and meaningful commercial access to this layer of Earth’s atmosphere.”

World View made the decision to call Tucson, AZ home after a rigorous nation-wide search and negotiations with multiple state agencies. The newly constructed facility in Tucson, AZ will house the company’s stratospheric balloon manufacturing, stratocraft assembly, Stratollite and Voyager development activities, payload integration, and flight mission control. Among many of the unique features of the facility is a stratospheric balloon manufacturing table stretching over 1/10 of a mile long, a 100ft tall parafoil test and quality control tower currently housing one of the world’s largest parafoils, and a world-class mission control room overlooking the 700ft diameter launch pad that is Spaceport Tucson.

World View hosted a Grand Opening ceremony led by World View co-founders Jane Poynter, Taber
MacCallum, Astronaut Mark Kelly, and Dr. Alan Stern. The ceremony included remarks from Senator John McCain, NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate Stephen Jurczyk, and the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Dr. George Nield, while welcoming guests from around the world that included spaceflight reservation holders, world-class researchers and scientists, Silicon Valley financiers, elected officials and others.

“[Arizona] has a bright and prosperous future thanks to companies like World View that continue to push the boundaries of technology, innovation, and exploration,” said Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain. “In just a few short years, World View has made historic breakthroughs that have revolutionized the areas of disaster recovery, first response, communications, and weather forecasting. World View’s remarkable research and development will soon make possible what was previously impossible.”

World View’s new remotely managed, un-crewed Stratollite vehicle, offers low-cost, long-duration (up to months at a time) persistence over customer-specified areas of interest. Among its wide variety of uses, the Stratollite will deliver a capability that will help researchers greatly advance our knowledge of planet Earth, improve our ability to identify and track severe weather, and assist first responders during natural disaster. Similar to a geo-stationary satellite (but in the stratosphere via high-altitude balloon) this new class of vehicle will offer a long sought after capability in aerospace – low-cost, continuous persistence over areas of interest. World View’s proprietary altitude-control technology allows it to harness the near-360° countervailing stratospheric winds to steer the Stratollite to and from desired locations, and loiter above them for weeks and months of time.

Just this month, World View and Ball Aerospace launched a collaborative Stratollite remote sensing mission from Arizona that demonstrated the platform’s superior capability as a high-altitude imaging platform. The mission’s low-resolution test camera returned 5m resolution imagery, successfully demonstrating the platform for a wide variety of remote sensing applications. This mission was a major step on the path to the commercial offering of low-cost, real-time, high-resolution imagery data from the stratosphere. The two companies plan to build on the success of the flight with subsequent Stratollite missions that will carry high-resolution Ball Aerospace sensors for long-duration, persistent flights over desired locations.

World View’s new Global HQ and Spaceport Tucson are poised to open a new economic and scientific gateway to the Stratosphere, and this grand opening represents only a beginning of great things to come.

For a downloadable images and b-roll, please visit http://bit.ly/2lCq86x. Additional post-event video and imagery will be posted by 9 p.m. MT.

About World View® Enterprises, Inc.

World View’s innovative flight technologies offer a unique perspective of Earth from the edge of space. World View delivers meaningful insights to enterprises, agencies, and individuals via two primary business segments: Stratollite un-crewed flight systems and Voyager human spaceflight systems. Stratollites, in operation today, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies. Using advanced stratospheric balloon technology, Stratollite applications include communications, remote sensing, weather, and research. The Voyager human spaceflight experience is under development and will launch in the near future, offering private citizens a comfortable, safe, and perspective-changing voyage to the edge of space via high-altitude balloon. To learn more about World View, visit www.WorldView.space.

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World View and Ball Aerospace Demonstrate Persistent Remote Sensing from Stratollite Platform

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Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 23, 2017 – World View and Ball Aerospace successfully completed a Stratollite mission earlier this month, demonstrating early capabilities for remote sensing applications from the stratosphere, nearly 70,000 feet above Earth. This latest mission is a pathfinder for a commercial offering of low-cost, persistent, high-resolution imagery data from the stratosphere and is part of the collaboration between the two companies.

World View has developed Stratollites, a new category of above-earth vehicles that are high-tech balloons offering long-duration, persistent flight above specific geographical areas of interest. Stratollites, as the name suggests, operate in the stratosphere and can maintain station and directionally navigate. They utilize a proprietary method of altitude control to channel directional wind patterns at various altitudes.

The mission carried a Ball Aerospace sensor and collected data on the Stratollite’s flight characteristics and on sensor performance in this environment. For example, imagery captured in-flight by the Ball sensor shows approximately five meter resolution panchromatic imagery from a station-keeping position approximately 76,900 feet above Arizona. The results offer a glimpse into the utility of the platform for a wide variety of persistent remote sensing applications.

“This pathfinder mission demonstrates proof of concept for the Stratollite’s capability as a high-altitude imaging platform for a variety of Ball sensors,” said Debra Facktor Lepore, Ball Aerospace’s vice president and general manager, commercial aerospace business unit. “It paves the way for future flights offering higher resolution multi-spectral sensors for applications such as public safety, homeland security, and civic resource mapping and monitoring.”

Stratollites, carrying context cameras and high-resolution sensors, will ultimately enable rapid insights into customer-specified areas of interest. With the use of green, regenerative fuel sources that indefinitely power the Stratollite’s directional control systems – in this case, a large solar array – the Stratollite will offer months of uninterrupted persistence for imaging and real-time data collection, which would be prohibitive for fuel-dependent aircraft or orbiting satellites. They can be retrieved easily and quickly by the mission team for payload and sensor modifications and rapid re-launch.

“With over 50 flights completed to date, World View is already routinely flying commercial payloads to the edge of space for a wide variety of government, commercial, and research customers,” said Jane Poynter, CEO of World View. “Our disruptive Stratollite platform and collaboration with Ball brings together hardware and analysis to enable previously unthinkable applications at a fraction of the cost of existing technology.”

World View and Ball Aerospace plan to build on the success of this flight with subsequent Stratollite missions that will carry higher resolution sensors for longer-duration flights.

World View’s innovative flight technologies offer a unique perspective of Earth from the edge of space. World View’s Stratollites, in operation today, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies. Using advanced stratospheric balloon technology, Stratollite applications include communications, remote sensing, weather and research. To learn more about World View, visit www.WorldView.space.

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit www.ball.com/aerospace or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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