About World View Enterprises, Inc.

At World View® Enterprises, Inc. we’re pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space. Our vision is to take Voyagers (be they private individuals or those traveling for research, educational or other scientific pursuits) on the journey of a lifetime. We provide a new perspective on the world we live in and open up new realms of possibility.

With our proprietary high-altitude balloons, World View offers an accessible, affordable way to access nearspace. As a Voyager, you will enjoy a suborbital spaceflight unlike any other. Gently floating up into nearspace with World View, Voyagers now have the unique opportunity to experience what space philosopher and writer Frank White calls the “Overview Effect,” the unexpected emotional reaction and unparalleled perspective-shift that comes from seeing our planet suspended in space.

For more than fifty years, astronauts have spoken poignantly of the life-changing shift that results from seeing the world with this unique vantage. National boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us seem to disappear and the need to protect what Carl Sagan called our “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.

These astronauts also tell us that the Overview makes the possibility of a more united, a more secure, a more protected world seem achievable, if only more people could have the experience.

And now they can.

World View’s high-altitude balloon lets Voyagers gently soar for hours on end in a comfortable, smartly-outfitted, specially designed space capsule. World View Voyagers can now gaze upon these spectacular, life-changing vistas for the first time, as they sail along the frontier of space.

World View also provides new opportunities for research and education pursuits. Our platform presents a variety of advantages over orbital and rocket-based suborbital options, allowing researchers a shirtsleeves environment in which to conduct experiments, as well as an opportunity for a unique education experience.

With its partner, Paragon Space Development Corporation, the World View venture is led by experts in high-altitude ballooning and veterans of human spaceflight. The entire platform is rooted in technologies that have been successfully used for decades.

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When we saw Earth rising in the distance … it made us realize we all exist on one small globe.
Frank Borman Astronaut

Our team at World View is truly world class, including a retired NASA Astronaut, a former NASA Associate Administrator for Science, Biosphere 2 designers and crew members, International Space Station scientists, world experts in high-altitude ballooning and human spaceflight, as well as luxury and travel professionals. Making innovative use of proven technologies, together we are creating a unique opportunity to open a new frontier for human experience in nearspace.

Jane Poynter

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Poynter is a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and a member of the original crew who lived inside the sealed, self-sustaining habitat for two years. She is co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops technologies for extreme environments. Experiments in her patented, self-sustaining habitats have flown on the International Space Station (ISS), Mir and the Space Shuttle. Ms. Poynter is a recognized leader in sustainable development. She is the author of The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 and Champions for Change: Athletes Making A World of Difference, which is now the basis of a successful middle-school program.

Taber MacCallum

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. MacCallum was also a member of the Biosphere 2 design team and an original crew member. He is a co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation, serving as CEO since its formation. Mr. MacCallum holds technology patents in analytical chemistry, spacecraft thermal control, contaminated water diving and spacecraft testing. He has managed experiments on the Soviet BioSatellite, Space Shuttle, Mir and the ISS. He is presently involved in commercial manned orbital and suborbital spacecraft, serving as Chief Technology Officer for Inspiration Mars that plans to launch two people on a fly-by mission around Mars in 2021.

Dr. Alan Stern

Chief Scientist

Internationally recognized planetary scientist, space program executive and aerospace consultant, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth-science programs. He has more than 25 years of experience in space instrumentation development, specializing in ultraviolet technologies. His academic research includes work on spacecraft rendezvous theory, terrestrial polar mesospheric clouds, galactic astrophysics and planetary astronomy. He leads the team that launched NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which in 2015 will be the first probe to visit Pluto. Dr. Stern has published more than 200 technical papers about astronomy and the space program.

Capt. Mark Kelly

Director of Flight Crew Operations

Capt. Kelly is a former NASA astronaut with more than 50 days in space. He piloted two Space Shuttle flights, and commanded two, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final mission. Capt. Kelly retired from the U.S. Navy as a test pilot with 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft with 375 aircraft carrier landings. He flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He has earned many honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Grant Anderson

Paragon Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Anderson is one of the co-founders of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which is the developer of the World View vehicle. He has designed power, thermal and life support systems for human-rated spacecraft for nearly 30 years. Mr. Anderson was also chief design engineer for the International Space Station Solar Array Program, creating the largest solar arrays ever built for space.

World View Research and Education Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Robert D. Braun

    Is the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Braun has over 25 years of experience performing design and analysis of planetary exploration systems. He was NASA’s Chief Technologist, serving as the senior Agency executive for technology and innovation policy and programs. He created and led the initial implementation of a spectrum of broadly applicable technology programs designed to build the capabilities required for our nation’s future space missions.

  • Dr. Sean Casey

    Is an astrophysicist, and Senior Scientist with the Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program, a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center to build and maintain an airborne observatory. Previously, Dr. Casey was Principal Scientist at NASA Goddard’s Infrared Astrophysics Branch with a focus on infrared instrumentation and observations aboard NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica.

  • Dr. Craig DeForest

    Is a leading solar physicist with the Southwest Research Institute. He heads the NASA-funded development of a miniature portable observatory to fly onboard suborbital vehicles. His research focuses on the formation and heating of the solar corona, as well as developing tools to conduct such study.

  • Bobby Russell

    Is the CEO and founder of Quest for Stars, a nonprofit that enables students to perform research at the edge of space via high-altitude balloons and other vehicles. Quest for Stars is one of the leading educational organizations working with suborbital flight providers.

  • Dr. Stan Solomon

    Is a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, High Altitude Observatory, specializing in the physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. He has received numerous awards from NASA and others, has been on committees for NASA and the National Science Foundation, and served as the Secretary for Aeronomy of the American Geophysical Union.

World View Advisors

  • Philippe Bourguignon

    Is Vice Chairman of Revolution Places LLC, CEO of Exclusive Resorts, and was previously Chairman and CEO of Euro Disney.

  • Dr. Jonathan Clark

    Is a former NASA flight surgeon and the world’s expert in the human physiology of high-altitude manned ballooning. He served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Red Bull Stratos space dive.

  • Pamela L. Meredith

    Is the Chair of the Space Law Practice Group of Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger, specializing in aviation law, as well as FAA licensing and regulation.

  • Julian Nott

    Is the father of modern ballooning, has broken 79 world ballooning records and received many awards for his contributions to the science and art of the field.

  • Milton Pedraza

    Is the Founder and CEO of the Luxury Institute. He is a speaker, author and world expert on the luxury industry and customer relations management, and advises the who’s who of luxury, including Ritz-Carlton, Alexander McQueen, Cartier, BMW, Chanel, Tiffany, Gucci and Four Seasons.

  • Michael Tanne

    Is an entrepreneur and strategist, supporting organizations like ICON Aircraft and Moon Express.


Paragon

Paragon is the World View vehicle integrator and developer. For more than two decades, the company has designed and manufactured life support and thermal controls for extreme environments, from spacecraft and spacesuits to refuge chambers for deep underground mines and hazardous environment dive suits. Projects include Boeing’s CST-100 capsule to deliver crew to the International Space Station, NASA’s Orion deep space crewed vehicle and a new generation spacesuit. The firm is leading the Inspiration Mars mission to fly two people by Mars that will launch in 2021. The firm is also leading a scientific high-altitude balloon program with technologies and operations similar to World View.

 

Priestmangoode

Priestmangoode is the leading global travel and transport design consultancy, and is working closely with World View to develop the cabin experience for Voyagers. The company has extensive experience in this field, having consulted with major players in aircraft, train, yacht and hotel development, including Virgin Trains, Accor Hotels, Airbus, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. The company has received many awards including the prestigious 2013 IDEA Award for the TAM Airlines First Class cabin.