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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.
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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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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.
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