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That’s one giant leap for a chicken sandwich

Yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken is planning to fly its Zinger sandwich up to the stratosphere and back on a World View balloon platform. But no, the mission isn’t merely a publicity stunt. For World View Enterprises, the flight is expected … Continue reading

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Stratospheric protest aimed at Donald Trump

If someone can send a Donald Trump bobblehead tribute up into the stratosphere on a balloon, we suppose it’s only fair that a protest of President Trump’s policies can go up there, too. That’s what the totally unofficial Autonomous Space … Continue reading

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World View shows off its Stratollite scheme

World View Enterprises declared its Tucson headquarters and its hybrid balloon technology to be ready for prime time today, in the wake of a pathfinder mission that captured satellite-type imagery from a stratospheric height of nearly 77,000 feet. “This technology, … Continue reading

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Judge deflates deal for Arizona balloon base

A judge in Arizona has struck down Pima County’s $15 million development deal with World View Enterprises for a stratospheric balloon launch facility near Tucson. The Feb. 2 ruling by Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods dealt a setback to … Continue reading

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Balloons for Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday

Famed British physicist Stephen Hawking has long wanted to go into space, so what better way to celebrate his 75th birthday than sending him a greeting from near-space? The greeting comes courtesy of a stratospheric balloon experiment, executed at the … Continue reading

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World View settles into Spaceport Tucson

Arizona-based World View Enterprises is settling into its new offices at Spaceport Tucson and gearing up for what could be a high-flying year ahead. World View offers a flight system that uses high-altitude balloons to loft payloads, and eventually people, beyond 100,000 … Continue reading

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World View pivots to balloon-borne ‘Stratollites’

World View Enterprises made a splash with its plans to send tourists up to the stratosphere, but now it has a more down-to-earth focus: using balloons to send up satellite-style payloads for months-long missions. The tours are still part of … Continue reading

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