Zero 2 Infinity Is Offering Trips to Space in Helium Balloons as a Cheaper Alternative to SpaceX

By: | February 24th, 2021

Image courtesy: Zero 2 Infinity

Humans have always felt an urge to explore space. Although we can see the real images and videos of our planet, as shared by agencies. 

But now a Spanish startup the Zero 2 Infinity, is giving us a real opportunity to see the planet from another perspective.

The company intends to send tourists into space in the comfort of a small capsule, Bloon

Other space companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are also in this race. Zero 2 Infinity has also been working on the idea since being founded in 2009. 

But the best part is that Zero 2 Infinity is offering cheaper trips to space than other companies at just $132,483. However other companies are charging no less than $250,000. They managed to do so by giving up on expensive rockets and with much leaner technology.

Following are some of the features of this space trip:

  • Tourists will be taken 40 kilometers above Earth, inside a pressurized capsule attached to a massive balloon. 
  • The massive helium balloon measures about 420 feet in diameter.
  • Zero 2 Infinity is planning to use balloons as the propeller to space. 
  • The flight will Set off from Andalucia in the south of Spain. 
  • The trip will take about six hours. The ascent will take three hours, while two hours will be spent floating in space, and a further hour will be spent on the descent.
  • The passengers on board will be able to experience the blackness of space, the roundness of Earth, and even its blue color.
  • Passengers will be given two days of safety training before the flight.
  • Tourists will be served their favorite meal while aboard. 
  • Unmanned test flights are set to begin in early 2021 and the company plans to start selling tickets in 2024.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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