Listen Live on  
 

970 WFLA

Tampa Bay's News Radio
 
 

Company successfully tests space tourism balloon

 
Company successfully tests space tourism balloon
Posted Wednesday, June 25th 2014 @ 6am

ALBUQUERQUE, 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.

Photo Credit Getty Images

Recommended Stories

More from 970 WFLA

*