World View balloon
World View plans to develop a balloon system to carry tourists and scientists to the edge of space. That system will operate under a commercial license from the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Credit: World View

Stratospheric ballooning company World View unveiled its new headquarters and “spaceport” in Arizona Thursday.

The facility will be used by the company to build high altitude balloons, initially for use as so-called “stratollites” that will fly in the stratosphere to carry imaging, communications or other payloads.

Some of those balloons will be launched from a pad immediately adjacent to the building, known as Spaceport Tucson.

The company has long-term plans to fly people on its balloons as well.

World View said their plans are not affected by a legal dispute between Pima County and an Arizona think tank that argued the incentive deal the county made with the company to build the $15 million facility violated state law and the state constitution. [Arizona Daily Star]

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Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...