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World View Announces Pathfinder Program for Research and Education


San Francisco, CA – July 28, 2014 – World View Enterprises, the commercial spaceflight balloon company, has announced plans to fly research and education payloads during its balloon test flight phase as part of its newly launched Pathfinder program.

World View has selected three initial Pathfinder payloads to fly on its delivery platforms beginning in late 2014. The payloads will be transported to altitudes as high as 120,000 feet via high-altitude balloon for the collection of scientific data. The initial Pathfinder payload institutions, payloads, and their Principal Investigators (PIs) include:

“World View’s research and education Pathfinder program represents a major milestone and demonstrates our commitment to opening routine access to high-altitude balloon flights to these communities,” said Dr. Alan Stern, World View chief scientist and cofounder.Taber MacCallum, co-founder and World View chief technical officer added, “As we work toward launching consumer space flights in late 2016, we’re pleased to be able to
leverage our test flights to make a significant, positive impact right now on the fields of research and education. We’re especially proud to be working with such accomplished principal investigators for our initial Pathfinder payload flights.” World View plans to fly a broad range of research and education payloads on its various stratospheric balloon systems, including the recently flight-tested and validated Tycho
system. Tycho is a reusable commercial craft designed to offer low-cost access to the near-space environment (up to 130,000 feet) and is capable of flying small research and education payloads for a wide variety of applications, including atmospheric research, technology demonstrations for space flight and education. World View will offer similar opportunities on board its larger vehicles, including manned commercial flights with a float altitude of 100,000 feet, scheduled to begin in late 2016.
For more information on World View and the availability of research and education opportunities, watch the July 26, 2014 NewSpace 2014 keynote speech by Dr. Stern
• Full presentation:
• Pathfinder program announcement:
About World View

World View offers a gentle, comfortable, and life-changing travel experience to the edge of space for private citizens, and frequent and affordable access to near-space for researchers, educators, private companies and government agencies. World View systems are available today for unmanned research, education, and commercial opportunities with an altitude capability up to 130,000 feet, and the company is currently
taking reservations for manned flights and private tours, Watch the World View experience here. For more information, visit

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 (Source: Space Florida)

May 21, 2014

EXPLORATION PARK, FL (May 19, 2014) – Space Florida, the state’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium announced Friday the five Florida college students selected to participate in the 2014 Florida Space Internship Program, supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at the university level. The internship program will take place at the Space Life Sciences Center (SLSL), located on Exploration Park property at Kennedy Space Center.

STEM internships last 10 weeks and run from June 2 through August 8, 2014. Interns will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship to pay for their participation in the program. Students participating in this year’s program include:

  1. Shaun Abdelkarim (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Project: Development of Microsensors for Biological Research” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger (This project will be fully funded by the University of Florida)
  2. Mary Elizabeth Bishop (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Project: “Microgravity Induced Differential Gene Regulation in the Symbiotic Bacterium Vibrio Fisheri” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster
  3. Kimberly Cranmore (University of Central Florida) Project: “Assessing the Impact of Microgravity on the Innate Immune System Using the Squid-Vibrio Model System” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster
  4. Jessica Page (Florida Institute of Technology) Project: “Survival and Growth of Spacecraft Microorganisms Under Mars Simulated Conditions” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger
  5. Fernando Valbuena (University of Central Florida) Project: “Aerobiology of Atmospheric Dusts Over Florida: A Possible Source of Contamination on Planetary Spacecraft at KSC” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

“The goal of this program is to help inspire and train Florida’s next-generation of aerospace engineers,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “By working hand-in-hand with our state’s robust network of universities and SLSL research tenants, these internships offer an immersive experience that will give students a unique advantage when entering the work world.”

“This internship program is a great opportunity for students in Florida universities to get exposure to cutting-edge research conducted by researchers that are in line with NASA’s and the State of Florida’s priorities. This is a great example of a partnership between NASA (through FSGC) and the State of Florida (through Space Florida).”

To learn more about the Florida Space Internship Program, visit


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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed.


About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.

Tracy Becker, FSGC fellow receives the 2014 Order of Pegasus award

The Order of Pegasus recognizes exemplary performance by University of Central Florida undergraduate students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service. Graduate students are selected separately based on academic achievement, professional or community service, leadership, and publication or research experiences. Because of the breadth of accomplishments required for this award, the Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant student award that can be attained at the university.

The Order of Pegasus committee has selected 20 students for the 2014 Order of Pegasus award. There were 79 nominations. The 2014 class includes 13 LEAD Scholars, eight President’s Leadership Council members, six SGA leaders, ten Burnett Honors College students, two Greek students, and one Student Athlete.

Undergraduate Students

Linh Anh Cat, College of Sciences and Office of Undergraduate Studies Amy Crawford, College of Sciences and College of Arts & Humanities Shekinah Fashaw, Office of Undergraduate Studies Cynthia Florentino, College of Sciences Jessica Gottsleben, College of Sciences and Nicholson School of Communication Kaye-Alese Green, College of Sciences Catherine Gutierrez, College of Medicine, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences LaShaunda Hayes, College of Sciences Amelia Klug, College of Health and Public Affairs Charlene Kormondy, Office of Undergraduate Studies Amelia Mackarey, College of Medicine and College of Arts & Humanities Julien Meyer, Rosen College of Hospitality Management Rana Riad, College of Engineering and Computer Science Nicholas Simons, College of Business and College of Sciences Vu Tran, College of Sciences Alexis Wansac, College of Sciences and College of Arts & Humanities

Graduate Students

Tracy Becker, College of Sciences, Ph.D. Candidate

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Avianne Bunnel, College of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine

Courtney Buzan, College of Education and Human Performance,

MA Student Stacey Hardin, College of Education and Human Performance, Ph.D. Candidate

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