Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Coming Soon: Luxury Space Tours

Florida’s tourism scene is getting a stratospheric new addition. Today, Space Perspective unveiled the design for their Spaceship Neptune capsule, which will carry eight passengers on a tour to the edge of space from the company’s Kennedy Space Center base in 2024. The luxury space travel company’s capsule will offer a safe and comfortable ride for explorers in a cozy “space lounge” as they gaze upon our planet from nearly 20 miles above its surface.

The capsule’s design is the result of thousands of virtual test flights and simulations and is currently the only carbon neutral, zero-emission way to travel to space. A balloon filled with lighter-than-air gas lifts the capsule for a two-hour ascent until the voyage reaches its apex, where passengers can enjoy refreshments and a view from 360-degree panoramic windows of our planet amidst the backdrop of a starry landscape. After two hours, the balloon will let out a small amount of gas and the capsule will slowly descend for a safe landing in the ocean where it will be retrieved via boat.

Space Balloon; courtesy of Space Perspective.

“The team has come together to create an amazingly robust, safe, and incredibly elegant and luxurious system for Spaceship Neptune. Simplicity and automation are the keys to safety,” says Taber MacCallum, Founder, Co-CEO and CTO of Space Perspective.

Because of the capsule’s pressurized, climate-controlled design, passengers won’t require cumbersome spacesuits or experience the discomfort of high G forces. Anyone who can board a plane, can board Spaceship Neptune.

Spaceship Neptune’s “Space Lounge”; courtesy of Space Perspective.

To date, almost 900 tickets have been purchased for eight commercial flights launching in late 2024. The company is currently taking reservations for 2025 and beyond, at $125,000 per ticket booked with a fully refundable deposit beginning at $1,000.

To learn more about Space Perspective or to book a reservation, click here.

Tyler Childress
Tyler is the Web Editor and a contributing writer for Boca Raton magazine. He covers tech, education, housing and other issues affecting South Floridians. Follow him on Twitter at @birthoftheblue and send story tips to tyler@bocamag.com.

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