"It went really, really, really well," Poynter said. "Actually, the guys hit the ball out of the park. We're thrilled."
The system uses a balloon similar to that used in 2012 to lift Austrian daredevil
Poynter said that last week's flight was the first testing all the components together. It used a balloon about third the size of that planned for passenger flight to lift a payload of about one-tenth of what will be used to carry passengers.
The company is still planning to begin its
The selling point is the view of the Earth and seeing its curve, the company says. Other space-tourism ventures under development will rocket passengers the full 62 miles into space but on much shorter flights.
In filings with the
Spaceport is where
"I don't think anyone anyone considers us in a race," Poynter said when asked if they might beat
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