The view from a space balloon 100,000 feet above Earth

  • Space Perspective is a company that plans to take people to the far reaches of space to appreciate Earth from above.
  • The cabin is luxurious and offers a 360 degree view of our planet during a six hour journey.
  • Unlike rocket-powered flight, this trip above Earth is a peaceful ride that requires no special training.

    Want to soar into Earth’s upper atmosphere in a luxury space balloon? You could have your chance as early as 2024, that is, if your vacation budget exceeds six figures.

    Spaceship Neptunea futuristic hot-air balloon journey from perspective from space, the “world’s first luxury spaceflight experience company”, will carry passengers nearly 20 miles high to the top 1% of our atmosphere. The company, which is headquartered at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, unveiled an illustration of the interior of its cabin last week. Inside Neptune’s pressurized capsule is an impressive “Lounge area“designed to be both safe and luxurious with a 360 degree view of the Earth.

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    Beneath the base of the cabin compartment is a splash cone, making the underside of the compartment an upside-down cone shape that enters the water with minimal turbulence. This way, the end of the flight is as smooth as the rest. When fully expanded, the silver ball reaches a volume of 18 million cubic feet, large enough to engulf an entire football stadium. At launch, it stands over 700 feet tall, taller than Seattle’s Space Needle.

    Cabin specifications

    The cabin of the Neptune spacecraft in an illustrated image. The first round is scheduled for 2024.

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    • A circular cabin
    • 360 degree windows
    • Deep, comfortable seats for eight passengers and the pilot
    • Dark and purple tones and dimmed lighting (to reduce glare and reflection)
    • A bar with drinks and refreshments
    • WiFi connectivity with connections for live streaming
    • Housing for scientific instruments supporting research projects
    • Ability to rearrange seating for a dinner party or wedding

      The good news is that you don’t need to take any special training for this ride, as it doesn’t use a rocket launch to propel passengers into space (beyond the internationally recognized space boundary of 62 miles above sea level). Company co-founder Jane Poynter wanted to provide a more accessible spaceflight experience for people, she said AFP.

      Some of the same people involved in the 2014 Stratex world record flight that knocked a Google executive off a space balloon, and the Biosphere 2 modeling and study of the world’s ecosystems, founded Space Perspective. The company was developed to share the “transformative power of space travel with as many people as possible,” according to the company’s website. He touts the Spaceship Neptune experience as a zero-emission ride that climbs at a serene 12 miles per hour.

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      View of Earth, similar to what passengers of the Neptune spacecraft will see.

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      During the six-hour ride, you’ll spend two hours climbing, sliding, and descending. The trip ends with a dip in the ocean. From your vantage point at the summit, 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface, you’ll see what every astronaut sees just before crossing the barrier between sky and space: massive continental landforms in greens and brown; brilliant blue oceans; the thin bright blue line illuminating the curvature of our planet; and a background of stars.

      The bad news is that you’ll probably have to wait another year to get going. The 25 flights planned for the first year (600 tickets) are already sold out and cost $125,000 each. So start saving!

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