FAA approves balloon-powered spacecraft

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Want to see the curves of the Earth from a small pod hooked up to a massive balloon? Well, now it’s legally possible, as the FAA has approved the operations of  World View. According to Forbes, the Tuscon-based company offers rides in its pressurized, six-person capsule that floats to 100,000 feet for $75,000. The FAA deemed the company legal due to its short jaunt to the stratosphere, and it could be up and running in as little as three years. So feel free to sign up, as long as Gravity didn’t freak you out too much.

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I think it sounds like fun (if you can afford the $75,000 ticket) but I’d hardly call the equivalent of a suped-up balloon ride a spacecraft.

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