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Space Perspective aims to welcome passengers aboard Spaceship Neptune early next year, a pressurized capsule that will be carried to the edge of space by a giant balloon. The capsule will have enough room for a pilot and eight passengers, complete with plush seats, a bar, toilet and large floor-to-ceiling windows to help guests take in the breathtaking views.
The capsule will be launched from the NASA Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) old Shuttle Landing Facility where it will head east out over the Atlantic Ocean on winter flights and west across the Gulf of Mexico during the summer due to the prevailing winds. Spaceship Neptune is expected to spend before reaching the maximum altitude of 100,000 feet, pulled upwards by a 650-foot-tall balloon filled with buoyant hydrogen.
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Passengers will spend two hours in the stratosphere, and then another two hours descending, which makes for a total flight time of around six hours. A recovery boat will swoop in to transport the Spaceship Neptune capsule and passengers back to land. One caveat: it’s expected to cost around $125,000 per person.
We’re committed to fundamentally changing the way people have access to space — both to perform much-needed research to benefit life on Earth and to affect how we view and connect with our planet. Today, it is more crucial than ever to see Earth as a planet, a spaceship for all humanity and our global biosphere,” said Jane Poynter, Space Perspective founder and co-CEO.