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article imageHot-air balloon will take tourists 20 miles above earth

By Owen Weldon     Jun 26, 2014 in Lifestyle
On Tuesday, World View Enterprises, a Tucson-based space-tourism company, announced that they completed a test flight of a hot-air balloon and a capsule that is being developed to bring tourists 20 miles about earth.
According to Mashable, the company's CEO, Jane Poynter, said the test went very well, and the company is thrilled.
According to Space Daily, the unmanned prototype floated to 120,000 feet.
The balloon was then lowered to 50,000 feet by remote controllers, and then the main console was released from the balloon. Once the capsule was detached, it fell back to earth and was guided to a soft landing by its parafoil system.
The launch took place on June 18, at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico.
According to NewsTonight, Poynter said that by 2016 the balloon will be able to take passengers to the edge of space.
Introductory ticket pricing will be offered at $75,000 per passenger, and a security deposit of $5,000 will be required. Six passengers at a time will be able to ride inside for about two hours.
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