How about a trip into space for (only) $50,000?

You don’t have to think you’re the only applicant who wants to go into space! But here’s the thing that might hold you back from applying: not the fear of not coming back or getting sick on the trip, but the unbeatable price of $50,000.

You’re thinking about how to get that modest sum from your bank, crowdfunding, asking your friends to give it to you for your birthday, or lastly you’re thinking of investing in a lucrative bitcoin investment.

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What’s it all about?

A stratospheric balloon company is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a five-day trip to the edge (just the edge) of space to see many of the wonders of the Earth for the modest sum of $50,000. Of course, the plane and the helicopter allow us to see our planet, but you want to be the first to enter space to develop your notoriety or that of your company. In short, to become the star of the TV set!

Who will be the lucky ones?

Eight passengers and two crew members will fly over the blue planet at about 100,000 feet (about 30.5 km) in the air for 6 to 12 hours per trip, according to press reports.

How do you know when you have reached space?

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The boundary between Earth and space is called the Karmán line. It is officially 100 km above sea level. The stratospheric balloon, called a parafoil, will therefore not officially be ‘in space’, but the height will allow you to see the darkness of space, with the stars clearly visible and fixed in the sky, as the lower atmosphere normally makes them twinkle. Still want to get a ticket?
Just be patient, World View’s first commercial flight will only take place over Grand Canyon, Arizona, in early 2024. But the company doesn’t want to stop there, as it wants to complete its offer with the possibility of flying over the Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti Plain, the Northern Lights, the Amazon, the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China.

Competing companies?

Well, yes! In June 2020, the American start-up Space Perspective also unveiled plans to offer high-altitude balloon travel.

And how comfortable will it be?

A maximum of eight passengers in a pressurised cabin called Neptune, fixed under a balloon with a diameter equivalent to that of an American football field to send them into the stratosphere. Space Perspective is planning the first commercial flights in 2024, with a ticket price of $125,000 (around €112,000). As for World View Enterprises, it invites you to reserve a place for a ride in the stratosphere aboard its Explorer capsule and has no intention of being left behind!

An unforgettable experience

On board the company’s Explorer capsule, the flight itself will last six to eight hours and take passengers to an altitude of at least 30 000 metres. They will be able to see the curvature of the Earth against the blackness of space. Passengers will also be able to fly over several natural sites, some of which are of cultural and historical importance.

According to Space.com, each seat will sell for US$50,000. According to the company, the journey to the stratosphere will accommodate people of all ages and fitness levels.

 

Already booked?

The non-profit organisation Space For Humanity has reportedly already purchased all available seats for the company’s first flight in 2024. However, the passenger selection process has not yet begun. Fortunately!
In the future, World View also plans to take off from six other locations around the world: Queensland (Australia) (near the Great Barrier Reef, Kenya), Norway, Amazon Brazil, Mongolia (near the Great Wall of China) and Egypt (near the Great Pyramid of Giza). The choice is yours!

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Comfortable seats and competent staff!

The capsule will include reclining seats, high-speed Internet access, a bathroom and numerous telescopes, among other things. Two World View employees will travel on each flight, one serving as concierge and the other as operator and tour guide. Note that the capsule and parachute will be reusable. The balloons will be recycled after the flight into products that will benefit the communities near the launch site.