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Balloon Leak Grounds World View KFC Publicity Stunt

Pima County taxpayers have once again played a part in a failed experiment after World View’s balloon sprung a leak during its recent public relations stunt involving sending a KFC sandwich into the stratosphere.

According to Geekwire.com, “World View Enterprises said its “Zinger 1” mission to keep a KFC chicken sandwich aloft in the stratosphere was terminated earlier than planned, due to a small leak in an altitude-control balloon system on its Stratollite platform. The company’s CEO, Jane Poynter, said today in a statement that the payload was brought down about 17 hours after the balloon launch on Thursday in Arizona. “Within the first few hours of flight, all system test objectives were met,” she said. Poynter added that the chicken sandwich “performed flawlessly.” World View is developing the Stratollite balloon platform as a low-cost alternative to satellites, and eventually plans to send tourists up for hours-long excursions. So tell Colonel Sanders to keep that Kentucky-colonel spacesuit handy.”

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Pima County Leaders Went To Great Lengths To Send KFC Into Stratosphere With World View

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Taxpayers first learned of the debacle from Tucson radio show host Chris DeSimone on the Wake Up Tucson show on Wednesday morning. While the mission to send a chicken sandwich into space was supposed to create public interest, the mission was shrouded in secrecy.

The secrecy is believed to be due in part to the embarrassing allegation that Pima County taxpayers funded the company’s building and launchpad but the FAA has not approved the pad’s use. As a result, the KFC mission was launched in Page, Arizona.

According to the Verge.com, “Before last week’s launch, the balloon had only flown between six and 12 hours. World View wanted to fly the balloon for four days to test how several parts of the Stratollite — like its altitude control system, communications systems, and solar power technology — would work together over a longer period. But the systems they wanted to test weren’t what went awry — the balloon was.”

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  1. All this malarkey for anti-gabby giffords husband. I hope the Goldwater institute wins it’s law suit and this ridicules venture has to pay us our $15 million back. The next best thing about it could be huckberry looses his job over this taxpayer welfare.

  2. I just got back from a two-week vacation and I fully expected to read something like this today…you can’t make this stuff up in Pima County. The BOS, along with Oro Valley, keep getting away with this!

    Have the local TV news stations been made aware of this? Or are they in the BOS bag as well?

    • They are just as deep in the bag as the rest of the idiots in this county. Where do you think their advertising dollars come from? Not you or me, but the cronies no less.

  3. No FAA permit and none forthcoming. The county has appealed the ruling to appraise the building and then auction off the lease to the highest bidder. SSDD in Pima County politics. Crony capitalism all the way. Voters, what voters. They don’t know —- anyway and keep electing the same idiots to the BOS as they reach in their pocket to pay the HIGHEST property tax rate in the state.

  4. Unfortunately this little BOS boondoggle has cost the pima county residents $15,000,000 for a spaceport that can’t get An FAA permit to operate much less successfuly fly Hi.

    Will you pay $75,000 to ride a leaky ballon?

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