Do you love adventure and want to see Earth’s curvature and soak in a mesmerizing darkness of space? Do you have $125,000 lying around? Well new start-up Space Perspective is going to fulfill your desire.
Space Perspective, founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, intends to fly tourists to 10,000 feet height into the stratosphere. They are going to use a pressurized capsule attached to a massive balloon. This balloon-craft is called “Spaceship Neptune”.
Website says, “As Neptune glides along the edge of space, the sun slowly rises over the curved limb of Earth, scattering rainbow colors of light across the planet and illuminating the thin, bright blue line of our atmosphere”.
Following are some of its features:
- Neptune Capsule can hold eight passengers, plus the pilot.
- Entire journey will be 6-hour-long which involves two hours to reach the specific altitude, two hours in the atmosphere and then a two-hour descent back to the Earth.
- The balloon will be filled with hydrogen.
- Entire journey is 6-hour-long which involves two hours to reach the specific altitude, two hours in the atmosphere and then a two-hour descent back to the Earth.
- The Spaceship Neptune soars around 10,000 feet (30 Kms) off the ground
- Explorers will be able to capture the stunning views at such a height. They will be able to observe the curvature of the earth and the pitch-black darkness of the space.
- In absence of about 99% of the atmospheric pressure, which is near almost a vacuum, thus the cabin will be pressurized to accommodate.
- High-tech cabin will have a mini bar, all of which will be encased in large windows.
- The website suggests that cruises will take place right before sunrise. So passengers will be able to experience both an unmatched view of the space with stars and a soothing sunrise.
- Unmanned test flights are expected to begin in early 2021.
- The company plans to make its first crewed tests around 2023 and first commercial trips in 2024.
- This trip may cost you around $125,000 per person.