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Tuscson, AZ World View plans to develop a balloon system to carry tourists and scientists to the edge of space. That system will operate under a commercial license from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
The Tucson facility will be used by the company to build high altitude balloons, initially for use as so-called “stratollites” that will fly in the stratosphere to carry imaging, communications or other payloads.
Some of those balloons will be launched from a pad immediately adjacent to the building, known as Spaceport Tucson.
The company has long-term plans to fly people on its balloons as well.
World View said their plans are not affected by a legal dispute between Pima County and an Arizona think tank that argued the incentive deal the county made with the company to build the $15 million facilit