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Chinese spy balloon puts Tucson company and Sen. Mark Kelly in the crosshairs

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:25pm

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World View headquarters
World View
World View’s headquarters in Tucson

A Chinese spy balloon has been capturing a lot of attention lately after the U.S. government shot down a high-altitude balloon sent by the Chinese government off the coast of South Carolina earlier this month. It had been spotted near nuclear missile sites.

Now, an Arizona company co-founded by Sen. and former astronaut Mark Kelly is in the spotlight too — because of its ties to China.

Tucson-based World View manufactures and operates high-altitude surveillance balloons and, as recently as seven years ago, received funding from Chinese investors with ties to the Communist Party.

Jessica Boehm is a reporter for Axios Phoenix and has been covering the story. She joined The Show to help untangle this web of interests.

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