November 4, 2016 / Modified jun 22, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Episode 53: A New Way for NASA and Others to Access Near-Space

The Tucson based company World View will offer a new way to see space.

World View balloon schematic spotlight An illustration of a World View balloon above the Earth. (PHOTO: World View)

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The Tucson based company World View already has more than 50 near space flights under its belt. They are routinely flying commercial payloads to the edge of space for a variety of government, commercial and education customers. In addition to offering passenger flights, the company will also offer rapid deployment to support disaster recovery and first response, weather forecasting and surveillance for the U.S. military. World View's Chief Scientist Alan Stern, who was also principal investigator for NASA's Pluto bound Horizon mission says World View can offer short or long duration flights at high-altitude for low cost. Beginning in 2017, World View will begin taking passengers up to an altitude of 100-thousand feet from their Spaceport Headquarters in Tucson. Those flights will allow tourists to see the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space.

IN THIS EPISODE

Alan Stern, Chief Scientist and co-founder of World View
Tim Swindle, Ph.D., Director and Department Head of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Lab

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