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World View’s drone balloon finishes 5-day flight

World View Enterprises has executed its longest stratospheric balloon flight ever, steering a solar-powered payload through five days’ worth of testing at altitudes in excess of 55,000 feet. The high-altitude outing marked the Arizona-based company’s first launch from Spaceport Tucson, and … Continue reading

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World View does its first Spaceport Tucson liftoff

World View Enterprises today executed its first balloon liftoff from Spaceport Tucson, the Arizona facility that it expects will be the home base for satellite-like “Stratollite” missions to the stratosphere — and, eventually, tourist flights as well. “Spaceport Tucson, the first-ever … Continue reading

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Balloon leak ends ‘space sandwich’ flight

World View Enterprises said its “Zinger 1” mission to keep a KFC chicken sandwich aloft in the stratosphere was terminated earlier than planned, due to a small leak in an altitude-control balloon system on its Stratollite platform. The company’s CEO, Jane Poynter, said … 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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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 balloon venture picks chief pilot

Former astronaut Ron Garan has a new vantage point for sharing what he calls “the Orbital Perspective”: his position as chief pilot for World View Enterprises. Arizona-based World View wants to give passengers a near-space experience, by sending them up in … Continue reading

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