About Us

At World View, we strive to be a responsible technology leader in the collection, analysis, and delivery of actionable information gathered by our strategically placed arrays of persistent sensors in the stratosphere.

Our Value Proposition

Our Stratollites enable unique perspectives for commercial and government customers to perceive, interpret, and act on critical sensor data to gain deeper strategic insights.

Our imagery and analytics products are superior to satellite imagery in spatial and temporal resolution, and our category-leading analytics and interpretation methods further enhance knowledge and understanding for a broad range of applications.

Our History

At World View, we strive to be a responsible technology leader in the collection, analysis, and delivery of actionable information gathered by our strategically placed arrays of persistent sensors in the stratosphere.

50,000 kg

Payloads lifted into the stratosphere

142,010 ft

Highest altitude achieved

25,000 ft

Largest altitude control descent maneuver

85,000 ft

Highest altitude controlled flight (12 hours)

As we successfully deployed mission after mission, it became clear that high quality visual and sensor data from the stratosphere could be transformative to businesses that relied on antiquated satellite data that suffers from inconsistency due to cloud cover and poorer resolution.

From this effort, World View customers portals were born, and we began launching Stratollites to fulfill lighthouse customer data needs in government, infrastructure, and more.

Now, with our pending Stratollite 2.0 product release, we’ll be adding more and more launches, flight paths, and data archives to our state-of-the-art online customer experience.

We know that neither the Stratollite nor the data it captures is the end of our product experience. In addition to significant experience meeting and integrating with government specifications for data ingest and application, we’ve also built a state-of-the-art commercial customer portal complete with permissions, notations, data ingest, comparison, and export.

Leadership Team

Ryan Hartman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications. Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View. In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advanced Programs Division. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Matteo Genna

SVP OF ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING

Dr. Matteo Genna most recently served as Chief Technology Officer of Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, and brings decades of experience, leadership, and vision in space systems and engineering to World View. Dr. Genna served SSL for over 20 years in various roles including Manager of the Advanced Systems Group and Systems Engineer. Dr. Genna holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tom Pirrone

SVP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Prior to World View, Tom held executive roles at Universal Space Network, where he led the team that created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of satellite ground stations, operated by USN in partnership with the Swedish Space Corporation. Today, PrioraNet provides support to over 100 on-orbit programs and communications for more than 220 launches. Tom is a Wharton Fellow and holds a Masters degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University.

Justin Langlois

VP OF ADVANCED APPLICATIONS

Prior to World View, Justin held several positions at Google’s Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging, now a subsidiary of Planet Labs), where he focused on product and go-to-market strategy for the satellite imaging company. Justin served as an officer within the Naval Special Warfare community with multiple deployments to combat zones and holds a bachelors (US Naval Academy) and Masters (Michigan) degrees in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from Harvard.

Dexon Guzman

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Prior to joining World View, Dexon held Senior Business Development Executive positions in the Aerospace Industry at Insitu, Telephonics, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin where he was responsible for domestic and international business development efforts for a diverse number of products, such as, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Airborne Radars, Airborne Mine Countermeasures, Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Radars and C2 Systems and F-16 Aircraft. Dexon is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 2500+ hours as a Master Navigator/Bombardier in B-52 Bombers and holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from USC and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Joey Weinmann

VP OF MANUFACTURING

Joey Weinmann joins World View as a manufacturing leader to support development of the Stratollite platform and production system. Over the last 15 years Joey has held several engineering and manufacturing leadership roles in industries ranging from transportation and aerospace to agriculture tech and renewable energy. Joey spent nearly six years at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Joey played a key role in transitioning prototype rocket hardware to product that was manufacturable. At SpaceX Joey managed day to day production and integration of major propulsion hardware as well as design and implementation of a radical value stream realignment initiative to reduce cost, improve quality and support increased rate introducing automation to processes traditionally manual. Joey moved on to head up manufacturing development at Local Roots Farms where he led engineering and manufacturing teams to design, manufacture and operate the world’s most productive indoor modular farming solutions, providing product to the largest retailer in the world.

Sean Mcmahon

VP OF PRODUCT ENGINEERING

Prior to joining the World View leadership team, Sean McMahon served as the VP of Product Engineering at Maxar’s Space Solutions division where he led engineering and production teams in the development of next generation satellite bus and payload technologies for communication and earth observation applications. Sean brings over 30 years of experience building and leading cross-functional engineering teams to create innovative, cost effective solutions to meet customers’ critical business objectives. Sean earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Will Williams

VP OF MISSION OPERATIONS

Career aviation professional with 3000 + flight hours in rotary wing, fixed wing and unmanned air vehicles. Held multiple positions of leadership in aviation organizations including USN, FAA, DHS, and Boeing. Holds a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel and attended the Naval Aviation Safety Officer Course at Naval Post-Graduate School. Has experience with aircraft test and evaluation, aeronautical procedures and technologies, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Aviation Human Factors.

Sebastian Padilla

CHIEF ENGINEER

Mr. Padilla led the StratEx team as Program Manager and Flight Director. He headed a diverse core team of innovative engineers in the development, testing and operations of the entire StratEx System from inception to the record breaking launch. Utilizing multi-disciplinary engineering, Sebastian led the StratEx team in devising a revolutionary launch system that took manned balloon flight to unprecedented heights. At the heart of this enterprise was their novel approach of simply outfitting the StratEx Pilot in a state-of-the-art pressure suit and strapping him to a high altitude helium balloon.

Sean Tanner

Controller

Prior to joining worldview Mr. Tanner held senior level finance roles in the manufacturing and aerospace industries. Sean served as the Director of Corporate Accounting at Dart Container where he was responsible for U.S. and International finance operations and the integration of Solo Cup Company (the “Red Solo Cup”) following their acquisition by Dart. Mr. Tanner brings over 15 years of strategic finance experience to the World View team. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Accounting from Michigan State University and subsequently joined Plante Moran where he practiced public accounting and provided assurance services and consulting associated with mergers and acquisitions prior to joining Dart Container. Sean previously served on several not-for-profit boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Area Region in Lansing, Michigan.

Elizabeth Kryst

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Elizabeth joined World View in 2017 as a Director of Planning and now serves as Sr. Director of Programs leading the Program Management function. Prior to World View, Elizabeth spent 10 years in various technical leadership roles ranging from New Product Introduction and Program Management to Strategic Planning for industries ranging from advanced material science tech to environmental services. Elizabeth is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds her Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Maricela Solis De Kester

Director of Operations / Gov't Relations

Maricela previously worked as District Director to Congressman Ron Barber, overseeing all district office operations. She was also Chief of Staff and Economic Development Policy Advisor to City of Tucson Mayor Johnathan Rothschild. Here she developed strategic plans for economic development opportunities with Mexico.

Ashley Smith

Director of People

Ashley Smith joined World View in 2018 to lead the People Operations team. Over the last 10 years, Ashley has worked with global mining and engineering firms specializing in recruitment and employment law. She developed and led full-cycle recruiting teams, strategic Human Resources initiatives, developed performance management systems, as well as workforce planning and development. Ashley graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Economics and Industry and her PHR from HRCI.

Stratollite 2.0

Our next generation offering provides longer persistent loitering times, enhanced payload capabilities, and an ultra-powerful, high band-width downlink.

World View Voyager

World View is in the process of effecting a transition of our business from a purely flight services model to providing data and information services from our unique, lighter than air, stratospheric platforms.

This transition ensures that we achieve our vision of leading the emerging stratospheric economy through the provision of imagery and data analytics services that provide new knowledge and enable better decision making. Our full, flight services portfolio, including the very unique experience we call Voyager, will continue to be a part of the future planning within World View while we focus our near-term attention on our unmanned, stratospheric data and information services. This new vision for World View is best expressed in our “Why” statement, which defines the purpose and focus of our organization.

World View inspires, creates and explores new perspectives for a radically improved future.

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