An AREA startup company is planning to launch tourists way in the atmosphere of the Earth in a giant ball.
This trip to the stratosphere would give the chance to guests spectacular views of the planet and the curvature of the Earth.
The space, the Perspective is the company behind the out-of-this-world travel plans.
It has recently announced the development of its Ship, the Neptune “, a flight of the space balloon that carries a pod.
This pod is designed for nine persons, a minibar, a toilet and lots of large windows.
The aim is for the giant ball to fly tourists 10 000 feet of altitude in the stratosphere in a pressurized capsule.
The trip would involve two hours of climbing.
Once there, the plan is to fly over the Atlantic Ocean for two hours, and then, there are two hours of travel down.
The unmanned test flight is planned for 2021.
If all goes well, the tickets could be sold as early as 2024.
However, reports suggest that these a low cost amount of $125,000 (£100,000).
The space of the Perspective was founded by Jane Poynter and Taber McCallum.
Their website indicates: “For the first time, we can make the thrill of the space accessible to you, our Explorers, in a safe, comfortable manner with a minimum of material conditions and as simple as boarding a plane.
“Our pressurized capsule offers a t-shirt-sleeve environment, and comes complete with a refreshments bar and toilets, of course. ”
The nine people on board will include a driver.
The goal by the end of the decade is to have 500 of these missions, take off from the Kennedy space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, each year.
What is the stratosphere?
Here’s what you need to know…
The stratosphere is the average level of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Inside it is very important to the ozone layer, which helps to protect us against the rays of the Sun.
The stratosphere is 22 miles thick and gets hotter, the higher up you go.
It does not take into account the outer space and falls around 100 000 feet short.
However, you can still see the curvature of the Earth at this level.
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