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Company successfully tests space tourism balloon

Created: 06/24/2014 2:56 PM
By: JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first 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, New Mexico.


    
CEO Jane Poynter says the system broke the world record for highest parafoil flight, lifting a payload one-tenth of what is planned for passenger flight to 120,000 feet.
    
Poynter says the company is still planning to begin its $75,000 per-person flights in 2016. The balloons will lift a capsule carrying six passengers to about 100,000, where they will float for about two hours.
    
She says the company hasn't yet decided where its operations will be based, although Spaceport America in New Mexico is among the options.

On a mobile device? Watch the video of the test flight here.

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Photo: World View Enterprises

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