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Written by: Mike Yang

It’s not often that we get to talk to someone who has launched something into space, but this week we had the chance to speak to Mikhail Davidov and Jon Oberheide of Duo Security about the company’s Duo in Space project. Using a large latex balloon, the company launched a small-ish device into near space earlier this month in an effort to complete an authentication procedure from there to the ground. The process didn’t completely work, thanks to bandwidth issues, but the craft reached a maximum altitude of 96,000 feet and proved that Elon Musk doesn’t have the market cornered on cool space projects. Oh, and we also talked about NIST deprecating SMS for two-factor authentication.