World View One Step Closer to Manned Near-Space Voyages with Record-Breaking Flight
World View and United Parachute Technologies Successfully Fly Parafoil at 102,200 Feet, surpassing a previous unofficial world record by over 40,000ft.Read More at Reuters
A Sunrise Viewed From The Edge Of Space
On a commercial flight in October for its customers Tencent and Moon Express, World View Experience managed to capture a breathtaking video of the sunrise as seen from the edge of space.Read More at Forbes
Record-Breaking Space Dive Sets Stage For World View Space Flights
Following the record-breaking 135,908-foot space dive accomplished by Google’s Alan Eustace and the Paragon StratEx team, World View Enterprises, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, has acquired the technology from this history-making project. The acquisition will advance the company’s mission to pioneer a new frontier at the edge of space for travel and research.Read More at Bloomberg Businessweek
Landmark Space Dive Sets Stage For World View Space Flights
Technology and Key Leaders from Groundbreaking 135,908-Foot StratEx Space Dive Form Foundation for Future Space Flights via High-Altitude BalloonRead More at Yahoo! Finance
Google Executive Breaks Record With Near-Space Skydive
Two years ago this month, Felix Baumgartner broke a record with his near-space skydive in which he broke the sound barrier. Alan Eustace, a Vice-President of Knowledge at Google, just broke it. This isn’t the end of the story, though, as neither Paragon nor Eustace were interested in pursuing this space jump for the sake of a space jump. The technology developed for this project will be used for other projects, as well, including World View Enterprises, which is developing a large scale capsule and balloon system to take tourists up to the stratosphere and see the curvature of the Earth. (While enjoying cocktails.)Read More at Forbes
Alan Eustace Falls at 822 MPH
Google executive Alan Eustace has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a big leap from the edge of space. The technology that has gone into developing the balloon, the spacesuit and the other systems that were used in Friday’s launch will be used to advance commercial spaceflight, namely efforts by Arizona-based World View Enterprises, to take paying tourists up in a high-altitude balloon and luxury capsule.Read More at ESPN
Google Exec Sets Records With Leap From Near-Space
Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. The technology that has gone into developing the balloon, the spacesuit and the other systems that were used in Friday’s launch will be used to advance commercial spaceflight, namely efforts by Arizona-based World View Enterprises to take paying tourists up in a high-altitude balloon and luxury capsule.Read More at Associated Press
A Google Exec Just Skydived 136K Feet, Smashing the World Record
Google’s search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was 135,890 feet above the Earth. World View has acquired all the ballooning and stratospheric tech from Paragon, hoping to leverage it into balloon-borne, edge of space tourism.Read More at WIRED
Google VP Alan Eustace Leaps From Stratosphere
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, set a new world record by completing the highest-altitude free fall yet–parachuting from 135,908 feet (or 25 miles) above Earth. The near-space exploration company, World View, has since acquired this ballooning technology for future space travel and research flights.Read More at Huffington Post
Company on Countdown to Take Tourists to Edge of Space
World View Enterprises says its capsule will take travelers more than 100,000 feet above Earth for a view that would cost $75,000. The operation would join a growing roster of adventure-tourism-related operations in the state, including the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and Desert Splash Adventures, which offers aerial tours in Arizona.Read More at USA Today
Why This Company Wants to Take You on a Balloon Ride to the Edge of Space
If Jane Poynter has her way, a regular person will be able to ride up to the edge of space quicker than they could take a commercial flight across the country–without the hassle of a lengthy security line.Read More at Fast Company
Company takes test flight to the least-crowded tourism hot spot: space
Looking for a new summer travel destination? How about 120,000 feet off the ground? So relaxing!
You might be able to book it in a few years. According to the Associated Press, an Arizona company has succeeded in its test flight of a balloon-and-capsule system, sending the parafoil more than 20 miles into the air. The June 18 trip from the Roswell International Air Center was one small step for World View Enterprises, which wants to give tourists a chance to check out the Earth’s curve (for the low, low price of $75,000).Read More at Washington Post
World View Prototype Balloon Reaches for Edge of Space
Nine months after unveiling plans for high-altitude balloon rides – high enough for passengers to see the curvature of Earth against the blackness of space – World View has successfully tested a one-tenth size mockup, the company announced on Tuesday.
The prototype capsule, lofted by a helium balloon, reached an altitude of 120,000 feet over Roswell, N.M. It then descended to 50,000 feet, deployed an aerodynamic parafoil and safely landed.
“The flight tested several essential components for consumer flights,” the company said in a press release.
It also provided a stunning preview of what passengers might expect to see when commercial services begin in 2016.Read More at Discovery News
World View space tourism startup completes successful high-altitude test flight
Interested in seeing our home planet from the edge of space but can’t spare the $250,000 that a trip with Virgin Galactic commands? Fret not, as a mere $75,000 is all you’ll need to scrape together for a ride from World View Enterprises.
The tour, which will be offered to the public in 2016, will take place inside a large capsule propelled by a stratospheric balloon. The aircraft will lift eight people (two crew and six passengers) roughly 23 miles above the Earth’s surface for a two-hour sailing-like experience.
Read More at Tech Spot
Balloon Spaceflight One Step Closer to 2016 Tourism Goal
Space tourism company World View successfully launched and landed their first test flight of a balloon-based “edge of space” craft, which ascended to an altitude of 120,000 feet on Tuesday.
Launching from the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico, this was the first test flight for the World View system, and “validated the full flight profile of the spaceflight system,” according to a company press release.Read More at Nature World News
Space tourism company breaks record with high-altitude balloon flight
An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the Earth.
The wispy, transparent balloon lifted its payload to 120,000 feet after launching last week from an airport in Roswell, New Mexico. Jane Poynter, CEO of Tuscon-based World View Enterprises, said Tuesday that the system broke the world record for highest flight for a parafoil — a combination of a parachute and a wing, carried aloft by the balloon.Read More at Al Jazeera
Record-Breaking Balloon Flight Could mean high-flying space tourism by 2016
Somewhere between the mild thrill of taking off in your average airplane and becoming rich and famous enough to shell out for spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, World View Enterprises plans to offer the option of floating into the stratosphere attached to a balloon. Now the company is one step closer to making that a reality. After arecord-breaking test flight on Tuesday, World View believes it will be able to bring tourists 20 miles above Earth for some pretty amazing views by 2016.Read More at Outside Magazine
World View tests scale model of its high-altitude balloon system
World View Enterprises, the company that revealed plans last year to fly customers into the upper stratosphere and do so licensed as a launch vehicle, announced a milestone in its vehicle development Tuesday with a successful high-altitude test flight of a 10% scale model of that system.
The test vehicle, called Tycho, flew to an altitude of 36 kilometers (120,000 feet) on a balloon flight June 18 that lifted off near Roswell, New Mexico. The vehicle then descended to 15 kilometers (50,000 feet), where it deployed a parafoil to glide the rest of the way back to the surface. That flight, the company said, set the record for the highest parafoil flight ever.Read More at New Space Journal