Do you have $125,000 to blow and want to drink in space? This artist’s rendering provided by World View Enterprises on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 shows their design for a capsule lifted by a high-altitude balloon up 19 miles into the air for tourists. Company CEO Jane Poynter said people would pay $75,000 to spend a couple hours looking down at the curve of the Earth. (AP Photo/World View Enterprises) AP
Space Perspective to take visitors through the atmosphere in balloons
Charles Hilu July 03, 09:00 AM July 03, 09:01 AM
Do you have $125,000 to blow and want to drink in space?
Extraterrestrial launch company Space Perspective will send passengers up through the atmosphere as part of its Neptune One program beginning in late 2024. Willing participants will float up in balloons — complete with a bar and a bathroom.
“Space Explorers and travel adventurers looking to upgrade their bucket list can now savor 360-degree views of planet Earth from 20 mi/30 km above in a luxurious six-hour trip, inside Spaceship Neptune, propelled by a state-of-the-art space balloon the size of a football stadium. Up to eight guests can have the sensational experience from the comfort of plush, reclining seats in a beautifully appointed capsule,” the company said in a June 23 press release.
Rocket-powered suborbital flights, such as one from Virgin Galactic, will last between two and three hours and see passengers hit Mach 3, putting g-forces on them. By contrast, Space Perspective’s balloon ride will gently float up to the edge of the atmosphere and last for six hours.
“While exhilarating in its own right, this is an invitation to experience a profoundly different perspective that is the most visceral reminder of how interconnected we are, not just with each other, but with all living organisms,” according to the release.
The eight passengers will be accompanied by a pilot who will communicate with a co-pilot (who will remain on Earth).
The engineers behind the development of the space balloons, the husband-and-wife team of Jane Poynter and Taber McCallum, have been designing technological breakthroughs for the past two decades.
Passengers will lift off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
More than 300 seats on the capsules are booked, according to the company’s website. All 2024 flights are sold out.
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