World View Obtains High Resolution Imagery From Stratollite

Example of fleet management (Credit: World View)

TUCSON, Ariz. (World View PR) – World View, the stratospheric exploration company, released today the first-ever remote sensing imagery captured from their high-altitude Stratollite™ vehicle. The images were captured from altitudes ranging between 65,000 and 75,000 ft. with an off-the-shelf imaging sensor and show sub-meter resolution capability from the Stratollite.

“We are thrilled to share this collection of high-resolution imagery taken from the Stratollite,” said Jane Poynter, World View founder and CEO. “Coupled with Stratollite’s game-changing ability to persist over areas of interest for days, weeks, and months on end, the ability to capture real-time images like these will unlock unprecedented applications and markets for the Stratollite.”

Example of asset management (Credit: World View)

The Stratollite platform and its ability to loiter over an area for up to months at a time makes it an unrivalled performer for targeted imagery applications, resulting in higher revisit rates, higher imagery resolution and higher temporal resolution than possible with satellite imagery. The Stratollite combines many of the benefits of comparable technologies like geo-stationary satellites, LEO satellites, and high-altitude drones, all at a fraction of the cost of those platforms. The Stratollite is also designed to carry a wide variety of sensor packages and payloads, including electro-optical, near infrared, hyperspectral, synthetic aperture radar, and full motion video. These myriad sensor packages combined with the station-keeping capabilities of the Stratollite allow for change detection in a wide range of asset monitoring applications.ranging from asset monitoring to crop monitoring, among others.

World View is already demonstrating remote sensing capabilities in several applications for commercial and government customers. World View has successfully demonstrated sub-meter remote sensing resolution capability and plans to soon deliver 10-15cm imaging resolution. World View also anticipates soon delivering real-time, continuous downlink of high-resolution remote sensing imagery and data to commercial and government customers. The Stratollite also leverage its station-keeping capabilities to loiter over economic hot spots and collect and downlink real-time data for either specific customers or for a variety of unique uses and applications.

World View is actively working with partners to integrate more diverse sensors and suites with pointing and real-time downlink capabilities for future missions. Using either line of sight or high-bandwidth SATCOM services, backhaul demonstrated backhaul communications at 10Mbps and will soon approach 500 Mbps, providing real time access to high resolution captured imagery. This capability provides an unprecedented 24/7 real-time, high-resolution sensor capability for commercial and government customers.

To view the high-resolution, remote sensing imagery click here. To learn more about World View Stratollites and their applications and capabilities, please visit

About World View® Enterprises, Inc.

World View’s innovative flight technologies offer a unique perspective of Earth from the edge of space. World View delivers game-changing solutions 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

  • ThomasLMatula

    Any updates on the big explosion that occurred when they were testing a balloon? You know there were real safety reasons for NASA launching its high altitude balloons at remote locations.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I drove by the facility about 30 to 50 min after the incident. There were two police cars and no emergency vehicles in sight. I saw a gentleman walking calmly to his car in the parking lot. I also noticed no obvious damage to the building, or launch lot. None of the helium bottles seemed to be out of place or damaged. There was no observable mess. It must have been something as the local facilities were rocked and rolled, but nothing obvious when I drove by.

  • ThomasLMatula

    It will be interesting to find out what happen. Large balloons usually rip rather than blow up, especially as they have lots of room for expansion as they raise.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Just what me and a few locals thought as well. But the local news reports a burst bag and nothing more.

  • ThomasLMatula

    You don’t suppose they turned a value the wrong way and over inflated rather then deflating the balloon. If they were doing a test using compressed air instead of helium then it might explain a envelope bursting, especially if they were close to the tolerances they were testing.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    When I worked with helium during my days in radio astronomy the religion was to maintain the nitrogen bath, and never let ice buildup in the fill hole/vent. L-He has a fierce volume change per unit time when it goes from liquid to gas very much akin to an explosion. What surprises me is how strong those balloon envelopes are. I’d never think that you could fill them with enough overpressure to cause such a ruckus. Your thoughts make sense as to what they were up to. I’d hope that the police made a report, and that should be part of a public record. It’d be interesting to see what it has to say. Another ‘non observation’ there was no loose plastic, or people out on the launch pad when I got there. So they cleaned up FAST.