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FAA Approves World View Capsule for 100,000-Foot Passenger Flights

Oct 28 2013, 10:53am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

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FAA Approves World View Capsule for 100,000-Foot Passenger Flights

Capsule will freefall for a time

Earlier this month word surfaced that a company called World View was seeking FAA approval for a capsule that would be attached to the bottom of the massive helium balloon. That helium balloon will take two pilots and up to six additional passengers to an altitude of 100,000 feet.

Word has surfaced that the FAA has now approved the preliminary classification for the World View capsule and that the capsule will in fact be required to meet spacecraft safety guidelines. The trip from the ground to 100,000-foot altitude is tipped to take up to two hours.

We also now know how the capsule will return to Earth. Once it's released from its balloon, the capsule will freefall allowing the occupants to experience weightlessness. A steerable parafoil will allow the pilots to guide the capsule to a safe landing. There is no indication of how long the freefall will last, but it could be several minutes from that altitude.

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