$75,000 Space flight aboard pressurized balloons planned for 2016
You could soon be taking to the outer space in air balloon by shelling out $75,000 as a veteran space entrepreneurs of Arizona-based World View Enterprises plan to send human beings flying up high in heaven by the year 2016. The dizzying height of 30 kilometers is what these air balloons will take you to beyond the stratosphere giving a spectacular view of planet earth and other celestial bodies. The air balloon are going to be like pressurized gondolas and are currently under development in Tucson and are scheduled for test flights sometime next year. Since the balloons/gondolas will take to outer space away from atmospheric balloon trips, therefore the Federal Aviation Administration will apply the rules governing commercial spaceflight for these rides.
The riders won’t feel any zero gravity as the gondolas will not go to the 100 kilometer boundary of outer space but the view is going to be much more like what the astronauts see when they exit the stratosphere. The ride would take couple of hours to the point and for about two hours the on-board riders can enjoy the mystical view before returning back to Earth in half-hours time. The gondola will carry 6 passengers and one single pilot which will be one exciting ride none the less.
# According to Jane Poynter, World View’s chief executive officer
Seeing the Earth hanging in the ink-black void of space will help people realize our connection to our home planet and to the universe around us, and will surely offer a transformative experience to our customers. We look forward to pioneering this new, accessible and affordable spaceflight regime, and to sharing the breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experience with people from around the globe.