World View combines stratospheric balloon flights with terrestrial adventures

World View’s next stratospheric balloon capsule will take passengers to the far reaches of space – in complete silence – for a six to 12 hour journey. Reporting by Jenny Southan

“Be among the first to soar into the upper stratosphere aboard World View Explorer. Gaze at the stars and our planet like never before. And feel deeply moved long after landing,” says the American exploration and research company. near space technology World View on its website.

Unlike the thrill rides offered by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, World View sells a form of “slow space tourism”. Instead of firing into a rocket, passengers aboard the eight-seat Explorer 12 capsule will be strapped to a giant balloon that lifts them silently into the stratosphere, where they can gaze down at Earth.Instead of taking minutes to get on and off, the journey will take hours. Even more incredible is this idea that the trips will also be combined with an adventure on the ground, with take-offs from wonderful places such as the Amazon Rainforest, the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China and the Serengeti. Passengers could even fly directly into the Northern Lights in Norway.World VisionWorld View states on its website that being there for multiple days also allows more time to find a safe “flight window” for ascent. “We have designed our space tourism business around our belief that space tourism is about place and time. When we talk about location, we want our customers to fully immerse themselves in the environment from which their flight will depart – and therefore a World View experience lasts five days.World Vision“This five-day experience offers guests the opportunity to discover the region while taking tours and excursions. Like any other spaceflight, launches have a somewhat fluid launch window to account for inclement weather. In stratospheric hot air ballooning, we monitor weather conditions very closely before each launch.

World Vision“Our experience has taught us that in any given five-day window, weather conditions will be favorable for at least one of those days. We therefore ask participants to plan to spend five days in and around the spaceport to be ready when a launch window will pop up, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be sitting around waiting.World Vision“We encourage you to take advantage of a wide variety of excursions to explore the areas surrounding the spaceports. This will be a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the area you are about to see from above.World VisionDedicated to making space tourism accessible to more people, World View sells tickets for its Explorer-class flights for US$50,000 per seat. That’s a lot cheaper than US$450,000 for Virgin Galactic. Not only that, but there are monthly payment financing options for those who “can’t (or won’t) write a lump sum cheque” for their trip.World VisionAs mentioned earlier, World To see flights are significantly longer (six to 12 hours, not minutes), giving travelers the time needed to truly appreciate what professional astronauts call the “big picture effect,” a cognitive shift that can only come from to see Earth from space and results in a deeper appreciation of our planet’s fragility and transcendent connection to humanity.World Vision World Vision World VisionWorld View says, “You will ascend from the spaceport early in the morning when the winds are calm. 15 minutes after liftoff, you will begin to see the curvature of the Earth. Then, when you reach apogee (the highest point of your flight), World View’s exclusive stratospheric navigation system will keep you hovering above the Earth, at more than 100,000 feet, for six to eight hours before slowly starting your descent.World VisionWorld VisionWorld Vision“Once the atmosphere becomes thicker during your smooth descent, the capsule will deploy our patented parafoil system and separate from the balloon. The parafoil system is navigated to direct the capsule to a pre-designated landing area near the spaceport.

Unlike Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, there will be no weightlessness for passengers. No training or space suits will be required for a World View flight and the capsule will be pressurized, much like a commercial airplane cabin. There will even be a meal served on board. This is our kind of space travel…

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