On June 29th, 2017, World View launched its first attempt at a long-duration Stratollite shakedown mission. The mission was intended to test a number of firsts simultaneously, including the Stratollite’s keystone altitude control capability, a solar power generation and distribution system, high definition video downlink, effective steering of the vehicle, and a new launch method. This maiden Stratollite mission also ferried a very unique and fun promotional payload from KFC, who helped sponsor a significant portion of the development of the Stratollite in exchange for a ride to the edge of space. While the mission was terminated after 17 hours due to a minor leak in one of the innovative new altitude control balloons, it met all core system test objectives and clears the vehicle for another attempt at a multi-day flight in the very near future.


Balloon Manufacturing
Highbay R&D Engineering Integration
HQ from Spaceport Tucson Launchpad Aerial
HQ from Spaceport Tucson Launchpad
Mission Control
Parafoil Inspection
Stratollite with not to scale balloon
World View HQ

 

Officially opened on February 23rd, 2017, the World View Global HQ will house stratospheric balloon manufacturing, stratocraft assembly, Stratollite and Voyager development activities, payload integration, and flight mission control. The Headquarters is co-located with Spaceport Tucson, a 700ft diameter Launchpad and the world’s first major commercial gateway to the Stratosphere.


5m Resolution Remote Sensing Stratollite Imagery
Balloon Fill
World View Stratollite
World View Stratollite

 

In February 2017, World View and Ball Aerospace successfully completed a Stratollite mission, 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.


Balloon Prep

The World View team prepares the balloon for launch, which eventually reached a peak altitude of just over 103,000 ft.

Launched

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) tested a miniature solar observatory on a five-hour high-altitude balloon flight out of Benson Municipal Airport.

Preparing the Balloon 

Preparing to release the balloon in anticipation of launch.

Preparing the Payload

SwRI team members work alongside World View personnel to ensure a smooth payload integration on the flight line.

 

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) tested a miniature solar observatory on a five-hour high-altitude balloon flight out of Benson Municipal Airport. The balloon eventually reached a peak altitude of just over 103,000 ft.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

World View successfully completed a major milestone test flight on October 24th, 2015. This test flight carried a 1,000 lb payload (~450 kg) to a final altitude of 100,475 feet (30,624 meters), successfully demonstrating heavy-lift capability.


Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation
Copyright 2014 Paragon Space Development Corporation

 

StratEx – short for “Stratospheric Exploration,” was a project led by key World View personnel to carry Google Exec Alan Eustace to the edge of space beneath a high-altitude balloon. On October 24th, 2014, Eustace successfully completed a world record manned balloon flight to 135,908 feet.


World View Voyager Capsule

The World View Voyager capsule - a concept rendering of the finished spacecraft that beautifully displays the intersection of innovative technology and design.

Voyager Capsule at Sunrise

The capsule rests in its launch cradle as the sun slowly rises in the distance. World View Voyagers will witness the rising of the sun over the curvature of the earth during their flight to the edge of space.

Voyager Capsule on the Runway

The Voyager capsule will be housed in a secure launch cradle that allows for a final system safety check before takeoff.

Ascending Through the Lower Atmosphere

The capsule will ascend peacefully through the lower stages of earth's atmosphere before eventually floating atop 99% of it all.

Voyager Capsule at Target Altitude

The Voyager capsule will sail gracefully at the edge of space, offering majestic and breathtaking views of the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space.

Voyager Capsule at the Edge of Space

The Voyager capsule will carry six passengers and two crew members to the edge of space.

Views from the Voyager Capsule

A breathtaking and transformative view from 100,000 feet above earth.

Voyager Capsule Landing

The Voyager capsule descends gently back down to earth beneath a proprietary ParaWing, offering unparalleled flight safety and precision upon descent and landing.

A New Perspective

Imagine peering out of immersive dual-pane glass windows into the vast cosmos beyond. This incredible view is one that fewer than 1,000 people in the history of mankind have ever had the opportunity to experience.

Voyager Flight Profile

The Voyager Flight Profile shows the various stages of the experience from start to finish.

 

The World View Voyager Spacecraft fuses an unparalleled level of technical innovation with reliable, robust technology, and was designed to enable a perspective-shifting experience for Voyagers traveling to the edge of space beneath a high-altitude balloon.


Tycho Mission Badge

The team attaches a mission badge to the bottom of the 900lb payload before launch.

Filling the Balloon

The World View team fills the balloon with a predetermined amount of lift gas prior to launch.  (Photo credit Dave Jourdan Photography)

Filling the Balloon 

The flight team fills the balloon through auxiliary fill tubes before takeoff. (Photo credit J. Martin Harris Photography)

Preparing the Payload

The World View team is near ready to release the 900lb payload to the edge of space. (Photo credit J. Martin Harris Photography)

Payload Preparation 

The flight team performs final pre-checks on the payload before takeoff. (Photo credit J. Martin Harris Photography)

Tycho in Flight

The 900lb Tycho payload (a series of instruments and test articles) ascends gracefully beneath a high-altitude balloon, en route to the edge of space. (Photo credit J. Martin Harris Photography)

Earth Curvature - 100k feet

The HD GoPro camera on board the experimental Tycho payload captured this image of the earth from 100,000 feet. This is the same vista World View Voyagers will see as they float gracefully atop the earth's atmosphere.

Earth Curvature - 100k feet

Yet another photo captured from the HD GoPro camera on board the Tych payload, showing the same vista that will be seen by World View Voyagers situated comfortably inside a pressurized capsule.

Record Breaking Parafoil Altitude

The Tycho test flight broke the world record for the highest parafoil flight ever conducted. For the first time in history, the blackness of space served as a backdrop for a parafoil in flight.

Mission Success!

The team behind the Tycho test flight poses for a picture after the successful completion of the mission. The "EC" flag represents the designation of this flight as an official Explorer's Club flag mission. Founded in 1904, the Explorer's Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. (Photo credit J. Martin Harris Photography)

 

On June 18th, 2014, World View successfully completed a scaled test flight of its high-altitude balloon spaceflight system, testing several essential components and breaking the world record for highest parafoil flight in the process.