The company that lifted a Kentucky Fried Chicken Zinger burger into the stratosphere is now landing contracts with the U.S. Defense Department for remote-sensing and communications projects. From a 700-ft. launchpad in Tucson, Arizona, World View Enterprises’ Stratollite Flight Services has begun carving out a niche market carrying commercial and military payloads to the edge of space, with plans to be fully operational with a multimonth lighter-than-air platform in 2019. Using ...

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