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.
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