World View partners with Space Environment Technologies to collect scientific data about the Earth’s stratosphere – Advice Eating

TUCSON, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE). . SET’s system, dubbed ARMAS (for Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety), will accompany World View’s development and commercial spaceflights from 2023 to 2024. ARMAS data from these flights will help World View and SET develop a deeper understanding of Earth’s high-altitude and stratospheric environment. The high-fidelity data will also be made available to the scientific community to advance public knowledge of this most critical and vulnerable part of the world.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with Space Environment Technologies to leverage the ARMAS program during our flights and help collect critical data that few have access to,” said Ryan Hartman, President and Chief Executive World View officers. “This partnership is beneficial for both SET and World View as we use our test and commercial flights alongside ARMAS to collect data and better understand the stratosphere.”

ARMAS was developed by a team led by Principal Investigator Dr. W. Kent Tobiska to measure charged particles and high-energy photons at different altitudes in the atmosphere and stratosphere. ARMAS uses an innovative approach with a dosimeter sensor to improve earth science research and improve aerospace safety. This technology is similar to that used on commercial airline flights and will enable both World View and Space Environment Technologies to better understand each other’s data for scientific and engineering purposes.

Data points collected during flights in 2023 will be retrieved in real time, ground-connected and used in the validated Nowcast of Atmospheric Ionizing Radiation for Aerospace Safety (NAIRAS) modeled radiation environment. When ARMAS data is incorporated into NAIRAS, improved accuracy of radiation dose rates is achieved along with airborne flight tracks. An ultimate goal of this research is to collect radiation exposure data by flying to regions with lower radiation or spending less time in places with higher radiation. The radiation source, be it galactic cosmic rays, solar flares, or the Van Allen radiation belts, is an example of how dynamically changing space weather can affect populations as we become more technologically advanced.

“The partnership of World View and SET enables ARMAS’ stratospheric balloon flight and will open the door to understanding regions of the atmosphere that are rarely observed,” said Dr. W. Kent Tobiska, Principal Investigator of ARMAS. “This will help us better understand how to reduce radiation exposure for commercial passengers in the stratosphere as well as in space travel over the next five years.”

For more information, see https://spacewx.com/radiation-decision-aids/.

ABOUT WORLD VIEW

World View is the leading stratospheric exploration company with a mission to inspire the global community to rediscover the Earth. Through both its traditional Stratollite imaging and newly established space tourism and exploration companies, World View works to achieve its ultimate goal: honoring the planet so that future generations will feel blessed to call it home. For more information, see worldview.space.

ABOUT SPACE ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGIES

Space Environment Technologies (SET) is a global leader in space weather instruments and cloud-based data applications. Our customers are the US government, academia and the international commercial aerospace industry. SET has built an ecosystem of complementary products and services, including support from our partners, combining state-of-the-art space physics models, innovative instruments and unique operational data feeds found nowhere else in the world. Together, these capabilities reduce the adverse effects of space weather on our planet, on people, and on our technology. Our vision of creating new ways to live, work and thrive in space guides our development of fundamental scientific knowledge, space weather hazard mitigation tools, satellite protection techniques, radiation decision aids, navigation accuracy methods and communications solutions.

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