This company wants to take you to space in a balloon

by birtanpublished on August 21, 2020

The race to give you and i an astronaut's view of planet earth just got a little more crowded but the latest company to throw their hat in the ring they don't want to take you on a rocket they want to do it on a balloon

Okay maybe not exactly like that the company is aptly named space perspective for around 125 000 bucks passengers will take a trip to the stratosphere in a pressurized capsule suspended from

This balloon named neptune you'll see the blackness of the sky you'll see the curvature of the earth the thin blue line of the atmosphere that's co-founder jane pointner who i

Had a chance to catch up with about space perspective and its mission i think it behooves us to have this experience this visceral experience of seeing our earth in space which by all accounts from astronauts

Really does give you a visceral experience it is no longer a leap of imagination that we all live on this planet together it becomes very real if winter looks familiar

She was one of the eight people who lived in the now somewhat infamous biosphere 2 in the early 90s she says that experience helped the leader to create space perspective having these exchanges with all the

Plants around me right my uh co2 was creating the plants they were giving me the oxygen it was this visceral experience of being part of my biosphere astronauts see our world and our biosphere from the outside but

The net result is that we all have this incredible connection to our planet to the human family that inhabits it can i just say on a personal level she was one of the most fun interviews of my

Life she is clearly really excited about this so i asked her what was the appeal of a balloon the balloon really allows us to be you know very

Accessible to people who either don't want to or can't get onto a rocket you know with all the high gs and the vibe and all of that right so this goes to space at the roaring speed of 12

Miles an hour so it's incredibly gentle the plan is that a pilot will take eight passengers on a six-hour round-trip journey to about a hundred thousand feet up that's above

99 of the earth's atmosphere the passenger capsule about five meters in diameter and the balloon itself is about 100 meters when it's fully inflated with hydrogen these trips they're going to be for

Early risers plan for predawn departures to get the best views that's when you're going to see the most incredible starscape you could ever imagine we want we really want you to be able to see

That before the sun comes up and then the sun will start coming up and you'll that's when you'll really see the curvature of the earth and you'll totally get that our planet is a ball in space

Passengers get two hours in the stratosphere to take all those selfies they can handle and there's even a bar so you can celebrate the fact that you've now joined

An incredibly exclusive club less than 20 people have ever been to this region of of our atmosphere so you know there's also the opportunity to

To get some firsts here as well which is also pretty cool and yes there's a bathroom on board which space perspective describes as the loo with the best view in the universe and

That of course begs the question will this mark the beginning of the 18.9 mile high club no anyone okay moving on once the two hours is up it's another two hour float down to the ocean where

Passengers will board a waiting ship and space perspective doesn't expect just to be carrying passengers the company hopes these trips can offer opportunities for scientific research the stratosphere which is technically

Where we're going um is sometimes called the ignoro sphere because it's quite difficult to get to and so there's been very little research done in this particular area and we have the

Opportunity to take researchers instruments on board every flight that we take for any researcher who's done research in space they know how rare it is to get multiple opportunities to do

An experiment pointner says she'd also like to provide opportunities for people like artists and spiritual leaders to see the earth from space so with companies like blue origin and

Virgin galactic all vying to sell tickets to space this is a really interesting alternative 125 grand isn't exactly cheap but it's about half the price we

Expect virgin galactic to charge for a ride on spaceship 2 which is expected to start operations soon and pointner says passenger rides just the beginning i can envision concerts in space we can

Envision live streaming uh a classroom session from space to kids around the world how inspiring would that be if you were a child right that would be so awesome a space

Perspective expects the first test flight to launch early next year from nasa's kennedy space center but they're planning several launch sites around the world now there's no word when they expect to

Launch commercial operations but they're taking seat requests right now so you can reserve your spot in line no money down so what do you think would you rather see the curvature of the earth from a

Rocket or a balloon let us know in the comments below

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