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Spanish high altitude balloon company releases artwork of its proposed passenger capsule

EOS-X's balloon capsule
Artist rendering of EOS-X’s balloon capsule

The Spanish high altitude balloon company EOS-X has now released several artist renderings of the proposed capsule that will take passengers on a high altitude balloon flight.

According to the company, the first flights will occur sometime late next year, lifting off from either Seville in Spain or Abu Dabi in the Middle East. The proposed ticket prices range from $160K to $214K, with flights lasting about five hours.

All of this sounds highly speculative, especially because EOS-X in November 2023 was one of two balloon companies indicted by a Spanish court for stealing its balloon concepts from a third company. I have not seen the final decision in that court case, so it is unclear what the long term ramifications might be. It could be that the company which sued, Zero-2, has taken over EOS-X.

Genesis cover

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4 comments

  • Rocket J Squirrel

    Spending a couple of hours at 100K feet enjoying the view or a few minutes in a rocket to get above the Kaman line so you can call yourself an ‘astronaut’.?

    If I had that money to burn I would take the balloon. Sounds like more fun.

  • pzatchok

    Sounds like a better time then the ride in that BO box.

  • Ray Van Dune

    How many flights before it comes down where it’s not supposed to. Once, even if nobody gets hurt, and tickets will have to be heavily discounted. Twice, game over.

    Then there’s the little matter of the owners and/or the board going to jail if somebody gets killed. Sure they signed a waiver… but this is Spain.

  • Jeff Wright

    Looks relaxing

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