Z2I is hailed as the only private company in Europe that tests components and satellites in Near Space.
The operations were performed from Europe’s Stratoport situated in Villacarrillo, Spain, and which belongs to Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development’s Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC).
This was the second time Airbus, FADA-CATEC, and Z2I have worked together on a launch. Z2I used a special balloon to reach a maximum altitude of 21,375 km, requiring a volume of 2100 m3 and carrying a total suspended weight of 95 kg.
The flight was performed satisfactorily and both balloon and equipment were recovered immediately after landing.