World View flies parafoil from 102,200 feet.
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World View said it is one step closer to launching manned voyages after successfully flying the first parafoil from the edge of space at a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet.
Extremely limited air pressure and density at this high altitude makes flying a parafoil difficult, the company said, adding that this is the same altitude at which future manned flights will transition to the parafoil, which will be responsible for easing passengers gently down to Earth from the stratosphere.
With this flight, World View announces a partnership with United Parachute Technologies (UPT) in conjunction with Performance Designs, which co-designed the breakthrough technology and will provide parafoil systems for both unmanned research flights and journeys to the edge of space.
As the global leader in parafoil and recovery systems, UPT brings decades of experience and expertise to help World View accelerate forward and continue to make breakthroughs in technology. In the months ahead, UPT will work closely with World View's aerodynamic systems team to design and build an advanced descent system capable of returning payloads of increasingly higher masses.
This flight's payload contained experiments from two universities. Montana State University tested a computer system designed to achieve increased reliability in extreme environments as well as a low-cost tracking and high-definition video link, which they hope to use to capture the 2017 solar eclipse on video. The University of North Florida flew experimental technology to measure the ozone gas profile in the stratosphere using a nanocrystalline gas sensor array. All three experiments are a result of student efforts over multiple years.
World View is pioneering a new era of discovery at the edge of space, offering a gentle, comfortable and life-changing travel experience to the edge of space for private citizens. For more information, visit http://www.worldviewexperience.com.
For over four decades, United Parachute Technologies has designed and manufactured more than 60,000 quality skydiving harness/container systems for the military and sport skydivers worldwide. Learn more at http://worldviewexperience.com.
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|Date:||Feb 23, 2015|
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