The rise of space tourism has become a hot topic in recent years, as billionaire-led private sector companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic compete to start provide civilians with recreational launches in the exterior of the Earth. limits.
Another pioneering company called perspective from space is also set to transport explorers on leisurely expeditions to the far reaches of space, this time using carbon-neutral technology. Space Perspective bills itself as “the world’s premier luxury spaceflight experience company,” according to Travel + Leisure.
These flights are not rocket-powered or subject to g-forces, but rather are gentle, carefully controlled ascents and descents powered by a patented SpaceBalloon that uses a lighter-than-air gas to rise to the edge of space.
The sleek, spherical capsule design of its Neptune spacecraft was only unveiled this week and features a sleek and comfortable interior cabin, which remains pressurized and air-conditioned throughout the journey.
Inside, a meticulously designed and one-of-a-kind Space Lounge provides a relaxing environment, complete with mood lighting, plush reclining seats, 360-degree views, a bar, and a bit of foliage. Additionally, onboard Wi-Fi will allow passengers to stream and record every detail of their six-hour round-trip spaceflight experience to Earth.
In addition to a patent-pending thermal control system, reflective-coated windows, similar to those used in astronaut helmets, will limit solar gain and keep the cabin temperature cool and stable as it traverses a range thermal environments.
Guests traveling aboard the Neptune spacecraft will cruise 20 miles above Earth inside a spherical capsule offering 360-degree panoramic views of our home planet and the endless expanses of space beyond. of the.
The spherical design is not only ideal for maintaining pressurization, but also allows the capsule to incorporate the largest windows ever seen at the edge of space and a roomier interior with plenty of room for space explorers to move around the cabin.
The journey takes a total of six hours, including a two-hour gradual descent back to Earth and then a gentle splash into the ocean, with its exclusive splash cone ensuring the water landing is safe and smooth. .
Space Perspective’s first commercial spaceflights are scheduled to take off in late 2024, and tickets cost $125,000 per passenger. The Neptune spacecraft itself is currently in production at Space Perspective’s manufacturing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Our proprietary flight system means the capsule and SpaceBalloon always stay connected, and take-off and landing conditions are always in our control,” said Taber MacCallum, founder, co-CEO and chief technical officer of Space Perspective, in a statement. from the details of the category-defining Space Lounge interior, to the stunning exterior design, our team integrated the elements of physics, engineering, analysis and design to create the Space Perspective experience.
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