World View Prototype Balloon Reaches for Edge of Space

June 25, 2014 7:31 PM

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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.

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