World View successfully launched its high-altitude balloon this morning with a Stratollite gondola for the first long duration test and to carry a Zinger chicken sandwich for a KSC marketing campaign.
Our Stratollite shakedown cruise has commenced! Congrats to our team on a perfect launch this morning. We officially clocked the launch at 6:11am PT against a backdrop of beautiful topography and sunrise in Page, Arizona. You can check out the video of the launch here: https://www.facebook.com/KFC/.
Keep your eyes on our Facebook and twitter pages for updates on our first attempt at a multi-day sail through the stratosphere. We welcome you to come along for the whole ride.
My very best,
– Jane Poynter
CEO, World View
The current altitude and speed are available on the KFC webpage. Nine hours after liftoff: Alt= 61930 ft (18,816 m) and speed = 6 mph (9.7 kph).
Here are a some images of the morning preparations and liftoff:
Just after liftoff.
A view of the Stratollite before liftoff.
World View on Twitter: “We are officially underway at the #Zinger1 launch.
Beautiful morning to fly to the stratosphere!”
More about the project: There’s a KFC Sandwich Floating in the Stratosphere – The Atlantic.