Flights in 2024 at $125,000 per seat are already sold out.
More commercial flights are heading to space. This time, it’s not from a billionaire-fronted company, but a space travel expert-founded venture called Space Perspectives.
Unlike the rocket-based and aircraft-like trips of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and Elon Musk’s Space X, the Jane Poynter and Taber Maccallum-helmed Florida-based company uses a luxury space balloon called Spaceship Neptune.
It’s a flight technology NASA has extensively tested. The hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a football stadium propels it upward, which means it has zero carbon dioxide emissions.
This also results to a safe and gentle ascent to the earth’s stratosphere for the eight guests who will experience 360-degree views of planet earth from 30 kilometers above.
It has non-glare windows so you can take as many photographs as you wish. You can even post on Twitter or Instagram in real time using the in-flight Wi-Fi.
During the six-hour trip, passengers can comfortably sit in reclining chairs with cocktails served from the bar. An onboard bathroom is also available.
Spaceship Neptune is capable of lifting passengers as high as 100,000 feet before gently bringing them back down to earth. There’s a backup parachute, too, which will get the craft down safely.
“Space Perspective ensures safety by applying flight technology used for decades by NASA and other government entities around the globe,” the company’s website reads. “The team is a world class, hand-picked crew, who have been instrumental in all human space balloon flights for the last 50 years.”
A ticket to the sustainable spaceflight costs $125,000 per person—and its selling fast. In fact, the first scheduled flight in late 2024 is already sold out. The company is now accepting reservations for a 2025 flight.
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