On June 18, Arizona passed milestone legislation to lay the foundation for future commercial spaceflight operations within the state. Bill HB2163 will be signed into law by Gov.Jan Brewer, during her tour of Paragon Space Development Corporation, setting the necessary legal foundations and preconditions for commercial spaceflight activities.
With the passing of the bill into law, Arizona will join an elite group of states fostering the burgeoning commercial spaceflight industry. Several states, including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Virginia and Florida, have already passed similar legislation.
Last year, with the backing of several major investors, Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation® formed World View Enterprises, a transformative space travel experience launching in 2016. Paragon and World View supported this legislation as it enables their home base of Arizona to become one of several launch sites for future World View operations.
When commercial flights take off in late 2016, World View Voyagers will float gracefully at the edge of space, peering for hours down at the beauty of the earth below, watching the sun slowly rise above the curvature of the earth, suspended in a vast, black, and infinite universe.
In order to attract commercial space ventures such as World View, Representatives Orr, Cardenas, Dial, Sherwood, Steele, Borrelli and Livingston introduced Bill HB2163 in February of 2014. With almost unanimous support and the ultimate passage of the bill into law, Arizona has solidified its commitment to innovation and its position as a forward-thinking state, well positioned to garner the attention of the commercial spaceflight industry.
This legislation represents an important step for Arizona in the process of attracting commercial spaceflight companies to the state. “The Arizona legislature is paving the way for commercial spaceflight in Arizona. With the Governor’s signing of this bill into law, Arizona becomes a favorable option for World View’s commercial flight operations. With beautiful views of the Grand Canyon, ideal weather conditions, a skilled workforce, and a favorable business climate, Arizona represents an ideal location for World View flight operations and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to fly right here at home. We extend our gratitude to Arizona lawmakers for their support, and look forward to working with the state to bring commercial spaceflight to Arizona,” said Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation® and CTO of World View Enterprises, Inc.
ABOUT WORLD VIEW EXPERIENCE:
World View is pioneering a new era of discovery at the edge of space, offering a gentle, comfortable, and life changing travel experience for private citizens, and affordable access to a range of near-space commercialization opportunities for researchers, private companies, and government agencies. Available today for unmanned commercial opportunities with an altitude threshold of 130,000ft, and currently taking reservations for manned flights and private tours, World View is creating unprecedented access to the near-space environment. For more information, visit http://www.worldviewexperience.com.
ABOUT PARAGON: Paragon Space Development Corporation® joins the engineering disciplines of environmental control, life support, and thermal control to provide premier products and services for our world’s most challenging life support needs, such as human spaceflight and first responder personal protection. Founded in 1993, Paragon is a woman- owned small business headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.