World View has been awarded two major NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) contracts to conduct Stratollite flights in 2016 and 2017. World View has an open and ongoing contract with NASA to fly payloads for the agency and its researchers, and these two awards add to the growing list of work the company has already conducted for the agency since 2015.
World View’s first high-altitude balloon flight for NASA lifted off on March 8, 2015, carrying payloads for the University of Central Florida and Gannon University.
“I was very satisfied with the payload integration effort and overall flight performance provided by World View,” said FOP campaign manager Paul DeLeon. “The team was very professional and accommodating to the payload provider’s needs.”
Under the Flight Opportunities Program, NASA selects promising new space technologies from industry, academia, and government and links them with U.S commercial spaceflight companies to provide the researchers access to relevant environments for flight testing. This helps NASA mature technology for our nation’s space missions while simultaneously fostering growth in the commercial space industry.
The two new contracts were awarded to World View to fly payloads for the following researchers and experiments:
Kent Tobiska of Space Environment Technologies is testing technology that will easily and automatically capture environmental data at high-altitudes to yield important safety information for future space missions.
Iain Beveridge of World View is testing a new method of balloon altitude control that will lead to longer and better trajectory control of balloons in the stratosphere, enabling a host of new commercial applications at an unprecedented level of affordability for potential customers.
World View will be coordinating with the researchers to conduct the flights in 2016 and 2017 at a to-be- determined launch location in the State of Arizona.
“We’re excited to help support NASA’s mission of advancing innovative spaceflight technologies through partnerships with commercial spaceflight companies,” said Taber MacCallum, World View’s Chief Technology Officer. “We’re honored to be considered a leading commercial spaceflight provider and we’re equally as excited to help raise Arizona’s stature in the global aerospace community.”