Published on : Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Recently, World View has effectively launched the first ever ‘stratollite’, from the headquarters in Tucson area, a city in Arizona, USA. This would an initiation that has the possibility to transform the way we launch satellites in the coming days.
This high-altitude balloon craft that was released from the Arizona headquarter in the stratosphere has the potential that could be eventually utilized in terms of scientific research, weather monitoring and communications.
The entire concept of remote-controlled, uncrewed inflatable craft was launched to provide satellite-like capabilities, without investing in pricey rocket launches required to put the hardware into orbit. Besides, the launch also makes progress toward lower-cost space tourism. A gondola kind of craft is what the World View is developing, which could ultimately provide sightseeing trips for two at 100,000 feet above Earth.
The company back in June created headlines when it completed the first ever launch of its long-duration stratollite, flying a KFC Zinger chicken sandwich to the edge of space. This was due to the collaboration with the fast food chain for the four-day mission.
“The Stratollite is spearheading a new market for data collection of our planet, the environment and human activity from a perch at the very edge of space,” said Jane Poynter, World View founder and CEO before the launch in June.