Tucson, Arizona-based World View Enterprises, wants to reduce the cost of space tourism by sending people to the stratosphere in a capsule lifted by a massive balloon. press release from the company reveals.
Although space tourism is simply too expensive for most people, progress is slowly being made towards a more accessible space. Only yesterday, October 5, for example, the first film crew so that the film can be launched into space to the International Space Station (ISS). Just a month ago SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission was the first all-civilian orbital operation to go into space. This price to start $ 200 million, less than Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin’s first suborbital space tourism, which cost $ 250 million and $ 450 million, respectively.
The next step, perhaps, in the evolution of space accessibility is the journey with stratospheric balloons. Several companies, including The Florida-based space perspective and Barcelona-based Zero 2 Infinity, have conducted preliminary tests aimed at possibly sending people to ride in the stratosphere. The new World View Enterprise offering will come at a fraction of the price of rocket and spacecraft and will be even cheaper than the aforementioned companies, both aiming to offer stratospheric balloons for more than $ 100,000.
Gradual opening of the space for the tables
Like other space tourism companies, the purpose of Space View is to allow civilians to experience mind-altering review effect. In a statement, the company said “World View’s mission is to bring as many people as possible to the edge of space so that at 100,000 feet (~ 30 km) they can see a world without borders or species and return propelled to make the world a better place. . The company believes that by reaching a critical mass of people who have experienced what is called the “Total Effect”, humanity will be able to significantly improve the future of our fragile Earth. “
Unlike space travel with a rocket, passengers will rise slightly and gradually into the stratosphere. The company lists several places it seeks to rise from, including the Grand Canyon and Norway, where travelers will be able to see the Aurora Borealis up close.
Although the bubble of World View will not technically reach space – some define the beginning of space as the Pocket line at 330,000 feet (100 km) and others do not – will reach heights that will allow passengers to see the distortion of the Earth and the dark space of space. Moreover, the company plans to charge $ 50,000 per passenger, which is “significantly lower than any other flight of civil space tourism available today, “the company said. The voyages will also last between six and 12 hours, compared to less than half an hour in space in the case of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.
World View says its first commercial flights are expected to take place in early 2024, but must first receive FAA certification. The company adds that it will provide flexible financing opportunities for those who want to see space at least once in their lives. If all goes according to plan, a space trip – at least on its edge – may soon cost the price of a car instead of a superyacht.