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Travel agency buys two Space Perspective high altitude balloon flights

Space Perspective's Neptune Capsule
Graphic of Space Perspective’s Neptune capsule.

The travel agency Cruise Planners has reserved two future 20-mile-high flights on the high altitude balloon Spaceship Neptune, being built by the Florida-based company Space Perspective.

Cruise Planners has reserved two full capsules scheduled to fly in 2025 & 2027 respectively on Spaceship Neptune.

Spaceship Neptune will differ from other spacecraft by being attached and secured to the SpaceBalloon for the entirety of the flight, making it a safe and seamless journey for the traveler. Other vessels separate mid-flight and transfer to different flight systems. According to Space Perspective, Spaceship Neptune will be lifted to space by the SpaceBalloon, powered by renewable hydrogen with no rockets and no carbon footprint. Guests won’t have the jarring blastoff that is typical of space travel, but instead will ascend steadily at 12 mph, making the experience accessible for anyone who is able to fly with a commercial airline.

Space Perspective is one of three balloon companies now planning such high altitude flights. Ticket prices will range from $50K to $125K, depending on company. At the moment Space Perspective is charging the most, but expect that to change as the competition heats up.

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  • David Ross

    “expect that to change as the competition heats up”

    … if the competition can get around the patent-office. The July presser boasts of several new technologies. A competitor will either have to pay through the proboscis or else must come up with new windows, new capsules, new balloons, a new landing-system, maybe new thermal-control (if they want humans on board).
    Or, you know, go to court and/or lobby a Senator. That seems to be the American Way nowadays.

  • Doubting Thomas

    “According to Space Perspective, Spaceship Neptune will be lifted to space by the SpaceBalloon, powered by renewable hydrogen ”

    Renewable Hydrogen?!? How about flammable hydrogen? I get that hydrogen is only flammable after the introduction of oxygen and then a spark, but leaks and sparks happen, as the Hindenburg discovered

    I wonder what precautions (design, operations, combinations of the two) they are taking to NOT become Hindenburg 2? It is a short jump and a long fall from 20 miles up.

  • David Ross

    Doubting Thomas: hydrogen-balloons and airships were in use for decades before 1933 when hydrogen was well understood as a burny gas. They rarely had the spectacular failure of Hindenberg. They were even used in war: if it was all that easy to blow them up (rather than puncture them) then the actual real-life Herr Hindenberg and the rest of the Kaiser’s command-staff would have retired them immediately. Casey Handmer has blogged on schemes to return the zeppelin to glory with newer fabrics and overall technology.
    Looking up the wiki page, one worry for future balloons stands out: lightning. The weather better be excellent and the ship better have a plan for static discharge, especially up high and dry.

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