Where the likes of Axiom and Space Adventures are gearing up for week-long trips to the ISS, Space Perspective is offering a slightly different form of outer world tourism with the Neptune Space Balloon.
Soon, you may be able to experience a simplistic, no-frills ascent 100,000 feet above the ground to the “edge of space”. And by experience, I mean take in the views and hit up the capsule amenities which will reportedly include internet connection and a bar. Space martinis are obviously a must.
“Less than twenty people have ever been to the edge of space under a space-balloon – far fewer than have been in orbit around our planet,” says Space Perspective.
“For the first time, we can make the thrill of spaceflight accessible to you – our Explorers – in a safe, comfortable manner with minimal physical requirements and as simple as boarding an airplane.”
The pressurised capsules mean you won’t have to suit up in space kit, either. As Space Perspective has noted, it’s very much a “shirts-sleeve environment”.
Space Perspective’s Neptune Space Balloon experience will last a total of six hours (two of which will be spent up top at the peak) – concluded by a gentle descent and splashdown in the ocean. Scheduled to begin in 2021, pricing is around US$125,000 for a single person.
Find out more over at thespaceperspective.com.