By early 2018, stratospheric balloon and flight-exploration specialist World View aims to fly its Explorer test vehicle for the first time as part of demonstrations meant to pave the way for human-rated, edge-of-space passenger flights later in the decade. But for the company, which opened its new 142,000-ft.2 facility at Spaceport Tucson in Arizona on Feb. 23, passenger flights are just part of a promising untapped market in the upper reaches of the atmosphere that it plans to exploit with ...

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