Heading to the edge of space in Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard vehicle — as Bezos himself did in 2021 — might give you an adrenaline rush, but the launch site in the West Texas Desert will never change the way space tourists look . Q Space Perspectives has a new idea to send capsules from a craft under high-altitude balloons that can go anywhere, giving passengers any view they want.
The suborbital space tourism company this week announced its plans to build multiple ocean spaceports, the first of which will be called MS Voyager.
It is currently selling tickets for the journey — which takes two hours and reaches an elevation of nearly 100,000 feet — for $125,000. It’s rare for Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic to sell their rocket tours, even if they reach higher altitudes.
Space Perspective has sold over 1,000 tickets to date.
“We’ve always had the opportunity to see some of the most incredible natural phenomena from space, including the Northern Lights, Italy’s Bootes, the vast expanses of the Nile Delta and the deep blue seas around the Bahamas,” said Jane Poynter, Space Perspectives Founder and co-CEO of
The new mobile launch pad, Space Perspectives says, will allow for launch and location flexibility, essentially allowing passengers to hover in any vantage point they choose, seeing the curvature of the Earth against the darkness of space.
Space Perspective said talks are underway with destinations around the world to offer their travelers awe-inspiring views of some of the world’s most iconic geographies.
The pressurized capsule, called Spaceship Neptune, can accommodate eight people, has large windows, Wi-Fi and a bar. The journey ends with a soft landing on the water.
“Space Perspectives will transform your relationship with our planet by providing the quintessential astronaut experience of viewing Earth from the darkness of space,” Poynter said, adding that the company needs to think about its business with a global mindset. . “Removing geo-restrictions on launch and landing accelerates our mission to make this transformative experience more accessible to the world and international marketplace in a way that is safe, reliable and with minimal impact on our planet.”
Anchored at Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, the 292-meter MS Voyager is now being prepared for launch, retrieval and “space balloon” operations. Retrofit uses biofuel to reduce the ecological footprint. Test flights are planned for early 2023 and commercial operation is planned for 2024.
All you need is a clear sky and big eyes.