World View partners with SET to collect scientific data on earth's stratosphere

Fri, 13 May 2022 05:29:20 GMT
Space Daily

Tucson AZ (SPX) May 11, 2022 World View, the leading stratospheric ballooning and space tourism...

World View, the leading stratospheric ballooning and space tourism company, has announced a partnership with Space Environment Technologies to include a suite of technologies aboard World View space capsules that will measure space radiation and other forms of data about Earth's atmosphere.

SET's system, coined ARMAS, will accompany World View's development and commercial space flights from 2023-2024.

ARMAS data from these flights will help World View and SET develop a deeper understanding of Earth's high-altitude environments and the stratosphere.

The high-fidelity data will also be made available to the scientific community to advance general knowledge about this most critical and vulnerable part of Earth.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Space Environment Technologies to use the ARMAS program during our flights and help collect critical data that only few have access to," said Ryan Hartman, World View's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"This partnership is mutually beneficial to both SET and World View, using our test and commercial flights along with ARMAS to gather data and better understand the stratosphere."

This technology is similar to that used on commercial airline flights and will give both World View and Space Environment Technologies a better mutual understanding of the data for scientific and engineering use.

Data points gathered during flights in 2023 will be retrieved in real-time, downlinked to the ground, and used in the validated Nowcast of Atmospheric Ionizing Radiation for Aerospace Safety modeled radiation environment.

"The World View and SET partnership allows for stratospheric balloon flight of ARMAS and will open the door to understanding regions of the atmosphere that are infrequently observed," said Dr. W. Kent Tobiska, Principal Investigator for ARMAS. "This will help us better understand how we reduce radiation exposure for commercial passengers' stratospheric travel as well as space flight within the next five years."

Space Perspective on Tuesday revealed illustrations of its swish cabins, which it hopes to start launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from late 2024.

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