Urban Sky has developed the first ever reusable version of a stratospheric balloon (think SpaceX but for high-altitude balloons), armed with sensors that collect high-value earth observation data over broad areas at costs drastically less than satellites, aircraft and drones. Leveraging advances in component miniaturization, first-of-its-kind balloon reusability, and the high vantage point of the stratosphere, Urban Sky’s novel Microballoon™ drastically reduces the cost of high-resolution remote sensing and weather-related data capture over broad areas, leading to more impactful geospatial data over more areas than ever before.

Importantly, Urban Sky’s Microballoons are rapidly deployable from virtually anywhere at any time with just one or two personnel from the back of a pickup truck. This stands in drastic contrast to traditional stratospheric balloon systems, which require near-perfect weather conditions for launch, fixed launch infrastructure, and a team of 20+ people to la...
Urban Sky has developed the first ever reusable version of a stratospheric balloon (think SpaceX but for high-altitude balloons), armed with sensors that collect high-value earth observation data over broad areas at costs drastically less than satellites, aircraft and drones. Leveraging advances in component miniaturization, first-of-its-kind balloon reusability, and the high vantage point of the stratosphere, Urban Sky’s novel Microballoon™ drastically reduces the cost of high-resolution remote sensing and weather-related data capture over broad areas, leading to more impactful geospatial data over more areas than ever before.

Importantly, Urban Sky’s Microballoons are rapidly deployable from virtually anywhere at any time with just one or two personnel from the back of a pickup truck. This stands in drastic contrast to traditional stratospheric balloon systems, which require near-perfect weather conditions for launch, fixed launch infrastructure, and a team of 20+ people to launch. Urban Sky’s goal is to solve for these operational limitations that have, up until now, blocked broader commercialization of the stratosphere.

Long term, we’ll deploy Microballoons globally for applications ranging from aerial imagery collection for insurance underwriting to rapid multi-spectral situational awareness for first responders during natural disasters. Our vision is to become the SpaceX of the Stratosphere, but we also believe deeply in a philosophy of early and extreme focus as a pre-seed stage startup.

To date, we’ve already successfully designed, built and flown the first reusable stratospheric balloons in history. During those missions, we’ve collected high resolution sample imagery from the stratosphere that rivals the best commercial satellite imagery available. We’re also nearly done building a custom stratospheric imaging system capable of capturing ~10cm GSD imagery from the stratosphere, and have already designed and flight-tested a high-resolution LWIR imaging system under a Phase I NASA SBIR for wildfire and air quality monitoring. We also recently signed our first commercial aerial imagery customer in the insurance industry, won a $50k Phase I SBIR contract with the U.S. Air Force, and won a $250k grant from the State of Colorado as a top startup in our state. Our near-term business plan involves scaling our Microballoon imagery collection capability to a handful of U.S. cities to capture ~5cm GSD aerial imagery on a monthly refresh basis.
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