The race for space exploration is on the rise with ambitious proposals from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Boeing and Blue Origin. Now, there is a new innovative project that wants to raise the bar for tourism as we know it to a stratospheric level.
The American Space Perspective aims to take tourists on a "balloon" trip for a stratosphere tour and the first test flight is already scheduled for 2021, with a launch from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center.
The company founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who led the Biosphere 2 mission in 1990, predicts that the first crew will arrive in 2023 and that the commercial space travel service will be operational by 2024, with each ticket at around $ 125,000. In all, about 500 flights are planned per year by 2030.
In charge of taking groups of eight tourists is the Neptune spacecraft. The pressurized capsule of a similar size to a football stadium is connected to a hydrogen balloon designed to progressively ascend it up to the skies.
According to Space Perspective, Neptune takes about two hours to ascend to an altitude of more than 30 kilometers away. After two hours of hovering in the stratosphere, the spacecraft begins its descent towards Earth. The space flight service will be regulated by the United States Federal Aviation.
But space travel is not the only goal of the Space Perspective project. The company also wants to use Neptune to help scientists understand the spatial phenomena that influence the Earth's climate and achieve greater knowledge about the Universe.