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Company successfully tests space-tourism balloon

By From page B9 | June 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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.

World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell.

CEO Jane Poynter said the system broke the world record for highest parafoil flight, lifting a payload to 120,000 feet.

“It went really, really, really well,” Poynter said. “Actually, the guys hit the ball out of the park. We’re thrilled.”

The system uses a balloon similar to that used in 2012 to lift Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner 128,000 feet to make a world-record breaking 24-mile sky dive. That flight also launched from the Roswell airport.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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  • JimboJune 24, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    How is it a balloon in one paragraph and a parafoil in another? They are not at all the same thing.

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