project to send an unmanned balloon capsule to an
altitude of more than 100,000 feet ( 30,480 meters).
“While each individual system has been analyzed
and extensively tested in previous test flights, this
significant milestone allowed us to test and prove
all critical flight systems at once,” World View Chief
Technology Officer and co-founder Taber MacCal-
lum said in a press release. “Now we’re ready for...
full-scale system testing.”
If all goes smoothly, World View will begin offer-
ing commercial flights for US$75,000 a seat by 2017.
Passengers will spend two hours at an altitude of
100,000 feet ( 30,480 meters), which is high enough
to see the blackness of space and the curve of the
Earth, though they won’t experience weightlessness
like Virgin Galactic passengers would.
World View’s progress, combined with the project of XCOR Aerospace to create US$150,000 sub-
World View plans to begin
offering commercial flights for
a seat by 2017.
orbital trips on its Lynx spacecrafts, means that
space travel may become widely available to those
with cash to burn.
By 2035, “I do think there will be a lot more people who have been to space,” Joe Landon, chairman
of the board for Space Angels Network, a global
group of investors dedicated to space startups, told
Geek Wire. —Brigid Sweeney
OPEN TO ALL
Open data projects hold lots of promise in cities around the
world—for both residents and the governments that serve them.
By making crime statistics or real-time train or bus information
publicly accessible, they can boost citizen engagement and quality of life.
A project in Cairo, Egypt, for example, aims to leverage electricity usage data to eradicate power outages. An open-source
portal in San Francisco, California, USA helps citizens handle
emergency situations before first responders can arrive.
But before such benefits can be delivered, open data project
leaders must navigate tricky terrain often containing multiple
government agencies, private companies and security fears.
Coalition of the Sharing
Cities can’t do these projects on their own, says Andrew
Collinge, assistant director, the Greater London Authority
(GLA), London, England. “It’s all about building coalitions,” he
says. “City data projects are as much about leadership as managing technical projects.”
The GLA sponsors London’s Datastore website, which provides residents over 500
datasets detailing everything from the city’s economy and demography to the square kilo-
meters of tree coverage in each neighborhood. A one-year, £ 1. 5 million Datastore project
slated for completion in May 2016 will create a predictive city modeling platform allowing
users to alter factors such as the projected population or housing stock, shedding light on
the connections among them.
The project requires partnerships with small businesses that have data analytics expertise,
as well as with other stakeholders. Mr. Collinge says he builds a coalition in part by holding
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