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Space Tourism company develops ‘cruises’ into stratosphere

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Space Tourism company develops 'cruises' into stratosphere

The space tourism startup is developing ‘cruises’ in the stratosphere that will launch explorers aboard a capsule attached to a giant balloon – but tickets can cost $ 125,000

  • Space Perspective announced its cruise plans for the stratosphere
  • He would use a giant balloon to launch a nine-person capsule 10,000 feet into the air
  • The entire trip would take about six hours and could cost $ 125,000
  • Unmanned test flights are scheduled for 2021 and commercial operations in 2024

A new startup will launch tourists to new heights, launching them 10,000 feet into the stratosphere inside a pressurized capsule attached to a huge balloon.

Space Perspective announced on Thursday the development of its ‘Neptune spaceship’, which seats nine people and a minibar, all wrapped in large windows.

The ‘cruise’ would involve a two-hour climb into the atmosphere, where you would hover over the Atlantic Ocean for two more hours.

Unmanned test flights are due to start in early 2021 and the company expects to sell tickets from 2024 – but they can cost around $ 125,000.

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A new startup will launch tourists to new heights, flying them 10,000 feet into the stratosphere inside a pressurized capsule attached to a huge balloon

The startup plans to launch the capsule up to 10,000 feet into the sky, where it will hover above the Atlantic Ocean.  It is expected to take two hours to reach as high

The startup plans to launch the capsule up to 10,000 feet into the sky, where it will hover above the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to take two hours to reach as high

Space perspective is a new startup founded by Jane Poynter and Taber McCallum, who previously co-founded World View – a company that deploys sensors in the stratosphere attached to balloons to capture images from space.

And they are using this idea to send humans to the edge of space.

“ For the first time, we can make the thrill of space flight accessible to you, our Explorers, in a safe and comfortable way, with minimal physical requirements and as simple as boarding an airplane, ” reads the Space Perspective website.

“Our pressurized capsule offers a shirt sleeve environment and comes with a drink bar and a bathroom, of course.”

Pods take off from a location in the U.S. and stay in the air for about six hours

Pods take off from a location in the U.S. and stay in the air for about six hours

The ships, called Neptune, will fly above the Earth, allowing tourists to capture stunning photos

The ships, called Neptune, will fly above the Earth, allowing tourists to capture stunning photos

Space Perspective is a pioneer in the mission of bringing wealthy tourists into space

Space Perspective is a pioneer in the mission of bringing wealthy tourists into space

The Neptune spacecraft flies about 10,000 feet from the ground, allowing tourists to capture the breathtaking views.

The entire trip is six hours – two hours to reach specific altitude, two hours in the atmosphere and then two hours of descent back to Earth.

The website suggests that cruises will take place just before sunrise.

Eight passengers, in addition to the pilot, will board the Neptune capsule and tie it to their seats before ‘taking off into the sky before dawn’.

Space Perspective plans to launch its balloons and capsules from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The capsule will dive into the Atlantic and a ship will be nearby to retrieve it and its passengers.

Eight passengers and a pilot will be on board the Neptune and will be strapped to seats

Eight passengers and a pilot will be on board the Neptune and will be tied to seats

The first ships will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  However, a date has yet to be set.  This remains a prototype at the moment

The first ships will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, a date has yet to be set. This remains a prototype today

The website suggests that cruises will take place just before sunrise.  Eight passengers, in addition to the pilot, will board the Neptune capsule and tie it to their seats before 'taking off into the sky before dawn'

The website suggests that cruises will take place just before sunrise. Eight passengers, in addition to the pilot, will board the Neptune capsule and tie it to their seats before ‘taking off into the sky before dawn’

Poynter said: ‘We are committed to fundamentally changing the way people have access to space – both to conduct much-needed research to benefit life on Earth and to affect how we see and connect with our planet.’

“Today, it is more crucial than ever to see Earth as a planet, a spaceship for all of humanity and our global biosphere.”

Space Perspective plans to launch an unmanned test flight in 2021, a manned test in 2023 and expects to be fully operational by 2024 – performing about 500 missions a year by the end of the decade.

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