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UAS Magazine World View Enterprises Introduces a New Kind of UAS Read Full Article

World View Enterprises Introduces a New Kind of UAS

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World View Enterprises Inc. is challenging the idea that an aircraft doesn’t need to have an engine, a propeller or rotors to be considered an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Based in Tucson, Arizona, World View is combining the old technology of ballooning with the new command-and-control technology used for UAS to open a new world of potential applications for balloons, including communications, remote sensing, disaster response and weather monitoring. Using the winds aloft for propulsion, the company expects to be launching its Stratollite UAS balloons for tests and commercial applications from its location in Arizona by the middle of next year.

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Arizona Daily Star NASA-Funded Experiments Will Take Place on World View Balloons Read Full Article

NASA-Funded Experiments Will Take Place on World View Balloons

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World View, the near-space balloon company that will operate from a county-owned spaceport near Tucson International Airport, will participate in two recently announced NASA-funded space experiments.

One, conducted by Space Environment Technologies, will use one of World View’s “stratolite” balloons to measure the radiation environment at altitudes up to 130,000 feet.

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Space News Building a Bright Regulatory Future for the Commercial Space... Read Full Article

Building a Bright Regulatory Future for the Commercial Space Industry

http://spacenews.com/building-a-bright-regulatory-future-for-the-commercial-space-industry/

As a founder and chief technology officer of a U.S. commercial spaceflight company, I’m proud to live in a country that openly supports and encourages innovation through action. In that regard, the Federal Aviation Administration has been a key collaborator, supporter and enabler of the commercial human spaceflight industry. They’ve expertly implemented the current legal framework that fosters innovation and promotes progress, ensuring both U.S. leadership on a global stage and a favorable climate for private investment and calculated risk taking. But as U.S. companies inch closer to commercial operation and our industry evolves, so too must our regulatory framework. – See more at: http://spacenews.com/building-a-bright-regulatory-future-for-the-commercial-space-industry/#sthash.mBWTnylV.dpuf

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Wall Street Journal FAA Seeks New Tools to Track Spacecraft Read Full Article

FAA Seeks New Tools to Track Spacecraft

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After wrestling for months over how to allow unmanned aircraft to begin flying in U.S. skies, the Federal Aviation Administration is now grappling with a loftier challenge: keeping conventional aircraft safe amid an expected boom in commercial space launches.

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Forbes Stratospheric ‘Space-Balloons’ Set To Revolutionize Global Satellite Industry Read Full Article

Stratospheric ‘Space-Balloons’ Set To Revolutionize Global Satellite Industry

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Stratospheric “space” balloons are expected to revolutionize the current satellite industry via an innovative cocktail of low-cost, rapid deployability, and ‘persistent’ geospatial coverage. And all in a way that will enable an ever-growing list of new applications. Or so says World View, an Arizona-based newspace company that is aiming to park what it terms ‘stratollites’ — balloon-borne stratospheric satellites at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere for mission lengths of days, weeks, even months at a time.

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Futurist.com The New Old Way to Space Read Full Article

The New Old Way to Space

http://www.futurist.com/2016/06/29/new-old-way-space/

From the beginning, when people wanted to fly, one alternative was a balloon. The Chinese flew unmanned hot air balloons centuries ago. The first recorded balloon flight with a person aboard took place in 1709.

The space age and especially the dawning New Space era, would seem to leave such ancient methods behind, in favor of rockets and space planes. We heard a lot about these alternatives at New Space 2016, including fledgling launch companies Blue Origin and Vulcan. Just yesterday NASA fired up a test of its massive SLS launch vehicle, which, if successful, will be the largest capacity launch vehicle yet. These vehicles along with SpaceX and other national launch initiatives may not own all the sky, however.

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Aviation Week Using The Stratosphere As Testing Ground For Space Read Full Article

Using The Stratosphere As Testing Ground For Space

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They don’t produce attention-getting fire and smoke like rockets, but high-altitude helium balloons are undergoing a quiet renaissance as scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs use them for relatively low-cost access to the doorstep of space.

As low Earth orbit (LEO) plays host to a new generation of spacecraft, from student-built cubesats to the sophisticated human outposts fielded by China and the International Space Station (ISS) partnership, balloons afford trips to an environment that is essentially space with gravity.

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Huffington Post It’s Been 25 Years Since 8 Scientists Sealed Themselves... Read Full Article

It’s Been 25 Years Since 8 Scientists Sealed Themselves Inside Biosphere 2 For Two Whole Years

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It’s been a quarter of a century since eight scientists, including World View’s CEO and CTO, volunteered to shut themselves inside the world’s largest science laboratory in the middle of the desert for two full years.

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Phoenix Business Journal Space Tourism, Aerospace Company Raises $15 Million in Funding Read Full Article

Space Tourism, Aerospace Company Raises $15 Million in Funding

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A Tucson space tourism and technology company has raised $15 million in new Series B funding, the company announced this week.

Tucson-based World View will use the funds to accelerate development of its “Stratollites” high-altitude balloons that operate in the earth’s stratosphere.

Canaan Partners is the lead investor on the Series B round, as well as investment from Norwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ventures and Base Ventures.

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Space News World View Raises $15 Million for High-altitude Balloon Work Read Full Article

World View Raises $15 Million for High-altitude Balloon Work

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WASHINGTON — An Arizona company developing stratospheric balloons for tourism and research announced April 28 it has raised $15 million to develop a new type of high-altitude balloon that could serve missions usually handed by satellites.

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TechCrunch World View Lands $15 Million Series B to Bring... Read Full Article

World View Lands $15 Million Series B to Bring New Stratosphere-flying Platform to Life

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/28/world-view-lands-15-million-series-b-to-bring-new-stratosphere-flying-platform-to-life/

World View, the advanced high altitude balloon company, has raised a $15 million Series B led by Canaan Partners. The round also included investments from Northwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ventures and Base Ventures.

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BizTucson Magazine Spaceport Tucson for World View’s Near-Space Balloon Flights Read Full Article

Spaceport Tucson for World View’s Near-Space Balloon Flights

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Tucson is poised to be a hub of commercial space flight now that Pima County approved a southside spaceport to service World View’s balloon manufacturing and launches.

The $14.5 million, 135,000-square-foot Spaceport Tucson will be built south of Tucson International Airport and include a plant for manufacturing the balloons that serve as World View’s launch vehicles. With a 4-1 Board of Supervisors vote, Pima County approved funding the facility and World View will make 20 years of lease payments totaling almost $24 million, with a purchase option after 10 years. The Spaceport will anchor the County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business and Research Park.

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AskMen Ron Garan Interview Beyond The Edge: How Astronaut Ron... Read Full Article

Ron Garan Interview Beyond The Edge: How Astronaut Ron Garan Overcomes Fear

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In his Beyond the Edge series, Jim Clash uses his decades of experience interviewing death-defying men to explore how today’s risk-takers and boundary-pushers plan, how they train, how they endure — and how they overcome. Astronaut Ron Garan retired from NASA in 2014, wrote the book The Orbital Perspective and last month took a job as chief pilot for World View Experience.

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SpaceRef Ron Garan’s Next Adventure Will Be At The Edge... Read Full Article

Ron Garan’s Next Adventure Will Be At The Edge of Space

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The last time Ron Garan saw the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space was from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station. The next time he will see this sight will be from inside the capsule of World Views’ high altitude balloon at the edge of space. Unlike both of his trips to and from space he will be in command of the capsule which will land under a large, steerable parawing. He’ll be doing the steering. And when he does he’ll be the first person to ever pilot such a flight.

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Extreme Ballooning: Astronaut Ron Garan Takes Pilot Slot For World View Experience

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Ron Garan has flown both on the Shuttle (STS-124) and the Soyuz (TMA-21) to the International Space Station. In 2014, he retired from NASA , wrote a book (The Orbital Experience) and earlier this week was named chief pilot for World View Experience.

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Published on February 24th, 2016. Permalink


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Former NASA astronaut joins World View as chief pilot – See more at: http://spacenews.com/former-nasa-astronaut-joins-world-view-as-chief-pilot/#sthash.8eV5I0pY.dpuf

http://spacenews.com/former-nasa-astronaut-joins-world-view-as-chief-pilot/

Former NASA astronaut Ron Garan has joined high-altitude balloon company World View as its chief pilot, the company announced Feb. 23, making him the latest astronaut to seek a post-agency career in the commercial spaceflight field.

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Published on February 23rd, 2016. Permalink

Geekwire.com World View Strato-balloon Venture Picks Astronaut Ron Garan as... Read Full Article

World View Strato-balloon Venture Picks Astronaut Ron Garan as Chief Pilot

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Former astronaut Ron Garan has a new vantage point for sharing what he calls “the Orbital Perspective”: his position as chief pilot for World View Enterprises.

Arizona-based World View wants to give passengers a near-space experience, by sending them up in a pressurized capsule that’s lofted to heights beyond 100,000 feet by a high-altitude balloon.

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Published on February 23rd, 2016. Permalink

Business Insider This Veteran Astronaut Wants to Fly You Toward the... Read Full Article

This Veteran Astronaut Wants to Fly You Toward the Edge of Space in a Balloon

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Veteran NASA astronaut Ron Garan just signed on to be the chief pilot for an Arizona-based space company named World View. Which means he may be flying the first paying customers up to near space in a balloon.

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Published on February 23rd, 2016. Permalink

TechCrunch Arizona Votes To Build Spaceport For Space Ballooning Read Full Article

Arizona Votes To Build Spaceport For Space Ballooning

http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/19/arizona-votes-to-build-spaceport-for-space-ballooning/

The high altitude balloon company World View Enterprises reached an important milestone today, when Arizona’s Pima County voted to award them a $14.5 million deal to build a spaceport. Jane Poynter, CEO of World View, told TechCrunch that this vote comes after a yearlong, nationwide search for a World View headquarters location.

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Press Releases and Announcements

World View Tom Pirrone Announced as New SVP of Stratollite Applications Download Article

Tom Pirrone Announced as New SVP of Stratollite Applications

Tom Pirrone comes to World View with 34 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry focused primarily on space communications and operations. He was an early member and integral part of the Universal Space Network (USN) team led by Apollo XII Commander Pete Conrad. While at USN, he led the team that created PrioraNet, a worldwide network of ground stations that provides space agencies with commercial satellite command and control services.

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World View World View Completes Successful NASA Flight Mission: Mission Tests... Download Article

World View Completes Successful NASA Flight Mission: Mission Tests New Miniature Solar Observatory Technology

Tucson, AZ – September 7, 2016 – World View has successfully completed a high-altitude balloon mission for the Southwest Research Institute, a flight funded by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) office. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is one of the oldest and largest independent, non-profit, applied research and development organizations in the United States. For this mission, SwRI flight tested a miniature solar observatory on a five-hour high-altitude balloon flight. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) is a complete, high-precision solar observatory approximately the size of a mini fridge that weighs about 160 pounds. The observatory provides the optical precision equivalent to imaging a dime from a mile away.

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Published on September 7th, 2016. Permalink

World View World View Wins Two Major NASA Flight Contracts Download Article

World View Wins Two Major NASA Flight Contracts

Tucson, AZ – August 4, 2016 – World View has been awarded two major NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) contracts to conduct Stratollite flights in 2016 and 2017. World View has an open and ongoing contract with NASA to fly payloads for the agency and its researchers, and these two awards add to the growing list of work the company has already conducted for the agency since 2015.

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World View World View and Ball Aerospace To Jointly Explore Stratollite... Download Article

World View and Ball Aerospace To Jointly Explore Stratollite Platform for Remote Sensing Applications

Broomfield, CO – June 2, 2016 – World View, pioneers of the stratosphere, are collaborating
with Ball Aerospace to explore World View’s Stratollite platform for remote sensing applications.
Ball Aerospace and World View are working together to explore the feasibility of a commercial
capability to perform persistent remote sensing from the Stratollite platform. The collaboration
will culminate with World View performing a long-duration, persistent Stratollite flight to
demonstrate remote sensing capabilities for commercial applications.

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World View World View Introduces a New Category of Above-Earth Technology... Download Article

World View Introduces a New Category of Above-Earth Technology and Closes Series B Round of Financing

Tucson, Ariz. – April 27, 2016 – World View, the pioneers at the edge of space, today announced it has closed a $15M Series B round, with Canaan Partners as the lead investor. The round also includes participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Tencent, Moment Ventures, and Base Ventures. With the funding, World View plans to accelerate the development and commercial adoption of its “Stratollites”– high-tech balloons that operate in the stratosphere.

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World View World View Chief Scientist Named in Time Magazine’s 100... Download Article

World View Chief Scientist Named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

TUCSON, AZ – April 21, 2016 – World View Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Stern has been named to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands this Friday, April 22, and now at www.time.com/time100.

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