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Washington Post Company takes test flight to the least-crowded tourism hot... Read Full Article

Company takes test flight to the least-crowded tourism hot spot: space

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/06/27/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).

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Discovery News World View Prototype Balloon Reaches for Edge of Space Read Full Article

World View Prototype Balloon Reaches for Edge of Space

http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/world-view-prototype-balloon-reaches-edge-of-space-140625.htm

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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World View space tourism startup completes successful high-altitude test flight

http://www.techspot.com/news/57240-world-view-space-tourism-startup-completes-successful-high-altitude-test-flight.html

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

Nature World News Balloon Spaceflight One Step Closer to 2016 Tourism Goal Read Full Article

Balloon Spaceflight One Step Closer to 2016 Tourism Goal

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/7780/20140626/balloon-spaceflight-one-step-closer-2016-tourism-goal.htm

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.

 “We couldn’t be any more excited about the results from this test flight,” said Jane Poynter, CEO of World View. “It represents a foundational achievement that moves us one step closer to offering a life-changing experience to our Voyagers.”
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Al Jazeera Space tourism company breaks record with high-altitude balloon flight Read Full Article

Space tourism company breaks record with high-altitude balloon flight

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/25/balloon-space-tourism.html

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.

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Outside Magazine Record-Breaking Balloon Flight Could mean high-flying space tourism by... Read Full Article

Record-Breaking Balloon Flight Could mean high-flying space tourism by 2016

http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/Record-Breaking-Balloon-Flight.html

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

New Space Journal World View tests scale model of its high-altitude balloon... Read Full Article

World View tests scale model of its high-altitude balloon system

http://www.newspacejournal.com/2014/06/24/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.

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World View Launches Test Balloon to Edge of Space, Breaks Record

http://www.space.com/26340-world-view-balloon-test-flight-record.html

A private spaceflight company is one step closer to gently flying passengers to the edge of space with a balloon.

The Arizona-based company World View announced that is has successfully completed an unmanned test of a scaled-down version of its balloon spaceflight system, reaching altitudes of more than 20 miles (32 kilometers). In doing so, company officials say they broke the world record for highest parafoil flight. Photos and video of the test voyage, which took off from New Mexico last week, offer a stunning preview of the vista future passengers will experience for $75,000.

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Daily MAIL Online Forget Virgin Galactic, Balloons Will take you to the... Read Full Article

Forget Virgin Galactic, Balloons Will take you to the Edge of Space for a THIRD of the Price

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2667114/Forget-Virgin-Galactic-balloons-edge-space-THIRD-price-Firm-completes-test-flight-ahead-2016-launch.html

On 18 June World View launched a parafoil from Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico on a flight that lasted five hours, breaking the altitude world record for such a flight in the process.

The test validated the full flight profile of the spaceflight system, lifting a model of the eventual system scaled down to ten per cent to 120,000 feet (36,000 metres) and back down to 50,000 feet (15,000 metres).

The parafoil was successfully executed, breaking the world record.

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FORBES World View Has A Successful Scaled Test Flight Of... Read Full Article

World View Has A Successful Scaled Test Flight Of Its Balloon To Space

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2014/06/24/world-view-has-a-successful-scaled-test-flight-of-its-balloon-to-space/

World View Enterprises, which aims to take passengers to the edge of space by balloon, just announced that they have successfully flown a scaled test flight of their system.

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NBC NEWS Heads Up, Strato-Tourists: World View Begins High-Flying Tests Read Full Article

Heads Up, Strato-Tourists: World View Begins High-Flying Tests

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/heads-strato-tourists-world-view-begins-high-flying-tests-n138986

On 18 June World View launched a parafoil from Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico on a flight that lasted five hours, breaking the altitude world record for such a flight in the process.

The test validated the full flight profile of the spaceflight system, lifting a model of the eventual system scaled down to ten per cent to 120,000 feet (36,000 metres) and back down to 50,000 feet (15,000 metres).

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Luxury Travel Magazine Travel to the Edge of Space in Style Read Full Article

Travel to the Edge of Space in Style

http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/news-articles/travel-to-the-edge-of-space-in-style-21488.php

Offering the trip of a lifetime, World View unveils the ‘Voyager’ experience, inviting travelers to embark on a magnificent journey that begins today and culminates with a sailing-like experience to the edge of space.

Read More at Luxury Travel Magazine

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Space tourism: firm taking bookings for balloon rides to 100,000ft

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10833075/Space-tourism-firm-taking-bookings-for-balloon-rides-to-100000ft.html

For $75,000 (£45,000) – less than a third of what it costs to secure a place on one of Virgin Galactic’s proposed space flights – passengers will be provided with similar views to those seen by Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who leapt back to Earth from 24 miles up.

Read More at The Daily Telegraph (UK)

AZ Tech Beat Tucson-based firm hopes to take passengers up to space Read Full Article

Tucson-based firm hopes to take passengers up to space

http://aztechbeat.com/2014/04/tuscon-passengers-to-space/

If you have ever imagined what it would be like to travel to space, it may soon become as easy as hopping in a balloon for a quick ride to the galaxy. Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation has announced plans for a human flight into nearspace, unlike any other spaceflight experience being offered today, allowing passengers to remain afloat for approximately two hours to take in all the sights.

Read More at AZ Tech Beat



Just Luxe CEO of World View Experience Discusses $75K Trip for... Read Full Article

CEO of World View Experience Discusses $75K Trip for Civilians to Visit Space in 2016

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Seeing earth  from space can expand and transform awareness and inspire awe, changing our perspective forever. In that moment, maybe it is possible that we finally see our personal interconnectedness with our living, ever-changing world. We perhaps see that we are one people; one environment  where everything connects—we all live here and in space.

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Vegas Inc Space-tourism enterprise opens office in Las Vegas Read Full Article

Space-tourism enterprise opens office in Las Vegas

http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2014/feb/25/company-looks-take-customers-edge-space/

Jane Poynter is joining the space-tourism race.

The part-time Las Vegas resident has opened a small office in downtown Las Vegas in support of World View Experience, a venture that by 2016 would tow tourists to the upper limits of the atmosphere by helium balloon.

Read More at Vegas Inc
Published on February 25th, 2014. Permalink

Paris Match L’ESPACE POUR TOUS… ENFIN PRESQUE Read Full Article

L’ESPACE POUR TOUS… ENFIN PRESQUE

http://www.parismatch.com/Actu/Environnement-et-sciences/Astronaute-en-ballon-L-espace-pour-tous-Enfin-presque-550041

A la tête de Paragon Space Development, Jane Poynter veut démocratiser l’espace. Porté par un ballon d’hélium et confortablement  installé dans une nacelle pressurisée, on pourra observer la courbure de la Terre pour le prix d’une voiture de luxe. Pas encore « Gravity », mais le spectacle promet d’être époustouflant quand même.

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Published on February 24th, 2014. Permalink

Bloomberg This Hot Air Balloon Takes You to the Edge... Read Full Article

This Hot Air Balloon Takes You to the Edge of Space

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/this-form-of-space-travel-is-really-out-there-WLRvbHENR8igsKA~U9XRBQ.html

World View Enterprises CEO Jane Poynter discusses how $75,000 and a hot air balloon can get you 19 miles high. She speaks with Adam Johnson and Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

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Published on December 11th, 2013. Permalink

Forbes World View Wants To Take You To Space Without... Read Full Article

World View Wants To Take You To Space Without Rockets

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/10/27/world-view-wants-to-take-you-to-space-without-rockets/

For private citizens who want to go into space, the options are pretty limited right now. In the near future, though, that’s bound to change, as a number of companies are actively working on offering manned commercial space flight. Among those companies, though, probably one of the most intriguing is Tucson-based World View, which wants to take people to space without using spaceflight’s biggest technical hurdle: rockets.

Instead, World View’s concept is to fly people to the edge of space using large, helium balloons attached to a pressurized capsule.

Read More at Forbes

Aviation Week World View To Offer Commercial High-Altitude Balloon Flights Read Full Article

World View To Offer Commercial High-Altitude Balloon Flights

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Startup World View Enterprises Inc. envisions a commercial high-altitude balloon experience for luxury-minded passengers and scientific researchers that will strive to deliver many of the prolonged experiences of spaceflight without the confinement, cost, risks or health limitations associated with rocket launches.

The Tucson, Ariz.-based company is looking toward late 2016 to inaugurate commercial flights, potentially from Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Virgin Galactic expects to begin launching suborbital passenger missions aboard the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo as soon as next year.

Read More at Aviation Week

The Telegraph Space tourism: helium balloon flights to offer views of... Read Full Article

Space tourism: helium balloon flights to offer views of Earth from 20 miles

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10399238/Space-tourism-helium-balloon-flights-to-offer-views-of-Earth-from-20-miles.html

World View Enterprises is hoping to take paying guests 20 miles into the sky, providing passengers with similar views to those seen by Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who leapt back to earth from 24 miles up.

The venture is expected to begin by 2016, with tickets for a two-hour flight expected to start at $75,000 (£46,000) per person.

The Arizona-based company said up to eight passengers will ride in a “luxuriously appointed space-qualified capsule”, which will ultimately detach from the balloon and float back to Earth by parachute.

Read More at The Telegraph

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Company offering trips to the edge of space

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/company-offering-trips-to-the-edge-of-space/

There’s a new player in the bustling world of “commercial space,” although the “space” part in this case is a matter of definition.

A Tucson-based start-up plans to use a helium balloon to lift big-ticket customers in a pressurized capsule to nearly 100,000 feet. That’s a journey to the edge of space, if not into space as traditionally defined.

The passengers would ascend for 11 / 2hours, then spend two hours admiring the world from on high. Then the capsule would be disconnected from the balloon and begin a free-fall, but a parafoil above the capsule would become increasingly effective in the thickening air and the capsule would glide to the surface, landing on skids.

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World View balloon, capsule to offer luxury ride to the edge of space

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/world-view-balloon-capsule-to-offer-luxury-ride-to-edge-of-space/2013/10/22/47179670-3b25-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html

There’s a new player in the bustling world of “commercial space,” although the “space” part in this case is a matter of definition.

A Tucson-based start-up plans to use a helium balloon to lift big-ticket customers in a pressurized capsule to nearly 100,000 feet. That’s a journey to the edge of space, if not into space as traditionally defined.

The passengers would ascend for 11 / 2hours, then spend two hours admiring the world from on high. Then the capsule would be disconnected from the balloon and begin a free-fall, but a parafoil above the capsule would become increasingly effective in the thickening air and the capsule would glide to the surface, landing on skids.

Read More at The Washington Post