Stratollite Flight Services

A Navigable & Persistent Stratospheric Flight Vehicle

Stratollites offer all the advantages of high-altitude balloons – low-cost, rapid deployability, and low-impact flight – with an innovative new development: the ability to navigate and persist over areas of interest.

The Stratollite is a remotely operated, navigable vehicle that can remain aloft for days, weeks, and months on end. This allows for more sustained measurements and monitoring capabilities over an area of interest. Stratollites can carry a wide variety of commercial payloads (sensors, telescopes, communications arrays, etc.), launch rapidly on demand, and safely and gently return payloads back to Earth after mission completion.

World View is already routinely flying payloads to the edge of space for a wide variety of government, commercial, and education customers. Contact a WV representative to discuss how we can serve your unique needs and mission requirements.
 


 

BREAKTHROUGH ALTITUDE CONTROL

Sustained, controlled flight in the stratosphere has remained technically out of reach until now, with the advent of World View’s proprietary altitude control technology. The Stratollite leverages the natural currents of the stratosphere, which offer directional and countervailing wind patterns at various altitudes. By using a unique altitude control system, the Stratollite can rise and descend in altitude to harness the desired directional propulsive power of different stratospheric winds, giving the customer navigational steering or station-keeping capability.
 

STRATOLLITE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • High-altitude payload capacity (up to 50kg* for the instrument, power supplied separately)
  • Solar powered rechargeable batteries (250W sustained power to payload)
  • Operating altitude range of 50k – 75k ft.
  • Maximum altitude of 95,000+ ft.
  • Point-to-point navigation and persistent flight over areas of interest for weeks and months
  • Pinpoint landing with recoverable payloads
  • Rapid deployment
  • Downlink & uplink command capability
  • Standard and custom payload accommodations
  • Safe and gentle payload return upon mission completion
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    *Larger payload and power budgets available soon. Please Contact our team for heavier payload inquiries.
     

    STRATOLLITE APPLICATIONS:

    Stratollites will support a range of applications, spanning industries like disaster recovery and first response, communications, weather forecasting, and surveillance aid for U.S. troops. The applicability of the technology is only limited by the imagination of our customers and partners.

    Communications

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    Offering rapid deployment of communications systems for first response, disaster recovery, internet delivery, and troop support.

    Weather

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    Offering in-situ data capturing capabilities over remote areas for improved weather forecasting and related applications.

    Remote Sensing

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    Offering a versatile platform for persistent imaging of remote and specific areas of interest.

    Research

    SolarFlare
    Offering an affordable platform for a variety of research applications, from astro and solar physics to atmospheric sciences and space technology testing.

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    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
    T.S. Elliot

    Z-Class Flight Services

    Traditional High-Altitude Balloon Missions

    World View’s Z-Class flight vehicle offers reliable, traditional high-altitude flight services for any mission profile.

    The Z-Class vehicle is capable of cost-effective heavy-lift to the stratospheric environment (up to 4,500kg of payload mass). Z-Class missions are generally shorter in duration (hours to a few days) and do not require controlled point-to-point navigation in the stratosphere. However, they offer unrivaled affordable access to the near-space environment for a variety of high-altitude applications that include general scientific research, communications, Earth & atmospheric sciences, and TRL raising. World View has a long history of successful Z-Class missions conducted for a variety of commercial and government customers, and is an approved NASA Flight Opportunities program flight provider.
     

    Z-CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:

  • High-altitude payload capacity (up to 4,500kg)
  • Operating altitude range of 50k – 130k ft.
  • Maximum altitude of 130,000 ft.
  • Payload integration, launch, and mission operations
  • Rapid deployment
  • Pinpoint landing with recoverable payloads
  • Downlink & Uplink Command Capability
  • Standard and custom payload accommodations
  • Safe and gentle payload return upon mission completion
  • Launch location flexibility based on mission requirements
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    Contact a WV representative to discuss how we can serve your unique needs and mission requirements.

     

     

    Z-CLASS APPLICATIONS:

    The Z-Class flight vehicle supports a wide variety of research and scientific applications, with a just a few mentioned below. The applicability of the technology is only limited by the imagination of our customers and partners.

    TRL Raising

    communications

    Earth & Atmospheric Science

    hurricane

    Solar Physics

    remotesensing

    IR/UV/Charged Particle Astronomy

    SolarFlare

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    Payload Mission Inquiry

    If you’re interested in our un-crewed high altitude flight services, fill out a few details below to get in touch with our team.

    Alternatively, you can contact us directly with questions by calling 520-745-4445 or emailing [email protected].

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