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First mission for World View lands as a success

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TUCSON – The stratosphere is open for business, according to Tucson based spaceflight company World View following its latest mission.

Earlier this week World View launched its first stratolite from right Spaceport Tucson. The high altitude balloon was hovering over Arizona for 5 days before successfully touching down somewhere near the Grand Canyon on Friday, according to World View CEO, Jane Poynter.

“We are now up in the air longer than any drone that government flies which is really cool for us to be able to say that,” said Poynter.

The payload this time was for U.S Southern Command which provides planning and operations for the Caribbean a region still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Imagine if we could take a stratolite and put communications payload on it,” said Poynter. “It could just hang over the Caribbean Islands and their phones would work their Wi-Fi would work.”

With more missions scheduled for the near future be prepared to see more high altitude balloons taking off from Tucson.

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