Space Perspective is heading for its first commercial flight in 2024
To contemplate the Earth from space – to admire the breathtaking views and vivid colors –
is an unforgettable sight that astronauts call life changing and it’s now much more affordable with the Florida-based Space Perspective Neptune balloon project.
The company says it has reinvented space travel with the first manned test flight next year and passenger flights in 2024. It completed an unmanned test flight last June.
“Instead of zooming away from Earth at high speed, you ascend on a gentle yet thrilling journey and look at our planet from an entirely new perspective.
“Your six-hour journey on the Neptune spacecraft is safe and comfortable, with minimal physical demands and as easy as boarding an airplane. Launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and gently piloted by a space balloon instead of rockets, a ride on the zero-emission spacecraft Neptune offers the thrill of outer space and the comfort of calm. The spacecraft Neptune includes the capsule, SpaceBalloon and the standby descent system,” says Space Perspectives.
Space Perspective says the experience will be totally different from being blasted off into space in a rocket without gravity issues, restrooms, a bar, and Wi-Fi to send photos to your friends.
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Space Perspective is led by industry luminaries Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum and their world-unique crew of experts who have been an integral part of every human SpaceBalloon flight for the past 50 years.
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Based on this experience, Space Perspective claims that its crew “has innovated and patented the safest SpaceBalloon technology in the world”.
Space Perspective is building a campus on the Space Coast Spaceport site for its capsule and balloon manufacturing plant, laboratories and operations infrastructure from launch to mission control.
It is investing more than US$38 million in new construction and high-value equipment and tooling, including the US$9 million, 120,000 square foot manufacturing building which is expected to be fully operational this year. The investment will also spur the creation of approximately 240 full-time permanent jobs by the end of 2026.
Commercial flights are expected to begin in late 2024, with over 500 tickets sold so far. With the first year of seats fully booked, Space Perspective is currently taking reservations for 2025 and beyond.
Tickets are priced at USD 125,000 per person and reservations are made with a fully refundable deposit from USD 1,000. Entire capsules are also available for reservation (up to eight guests and one pilot). Manned spaceflight launches from Space Perspective are regulated by the FAA’s Office of Commercial Spaceflight.
About Spatial Perspective: Space Perspective is the world’s leading luxury spaceflight experience company. It invites more people than has historically been possible to experience an exciting new and visceral perspective that expands human consciousness – the incredibly exhilarating vistas and scale of Earth in space. The Observer cited Space Perspective as “the best suborbital space tourism offering in the world.”
Setting a new bar in out-of-this-world thrilling experiences, starting in late 2024, Space Perspective plans to take space explorers into space inside the SpaceBalloon-powered Neptune spacecraft’s pressurized capsule high performance without using rocket fuel or high G-forces. Space explorers view the world through its vast windows, 450 miles in all directions. The ultra-comfortable, accessible and smooth six-hour journey redefines space travel.