Not so for Near Space Labs, a four-year-old company that instead aims to gather geospatial intelligence from the stratosphere, using small autonomous wind-powered robots attached to weather balloons. Near Space Labs also announced that Crosslink partner Phil Boyer has joined its board. Near Space focuses on urbanized areas where change happens rapidly. Near Space has booked over 540 flights through 2022. Looking ahead, the company will use the funds to expand its geographical footprint and bring on a bunch of new hires.