In June, startup Space Perspective announced a new option for space tourists, who could see our planet aboard the Spaceship Neptune, a vehicle with a manned capsule supported by a balloon. On Wednesday (16), the company announced its new partnership with the club Exclusive Resorts, to carry out tours with the members of the club from the end of 2024.
With the partnership, the idea is that club members have priority as soon as the vehicle is licensed and are part of the first private travel group to fly on the Spaceship Neptune. “The club has always looked for ways to give members unique opportunities to see and explore the world in meaningful and transformative ways,” says executive director James Henderson. He points out that the partnership will offer members an opportunity to have a unique view of the planet, something that few people have been able to experience until today.
The club plans to carry out the tour with about 40 members, and they will be accommodated in style on board the vehicle: the Spaceship Neptune can accommodate up to eight passengers, and its internal environment has a bar, reclining seats and large windows that can provide a great view of our planet from 30 kilometers high. The climb will even be smooth and quiet, with a balloon filled with hydrogen.
Thus, each flight will last approximately six hours. The ascent will happen while the sky is dark and the stars are visible, and it will be possible to see the Sun rising in the curvature of the Earth. In the end, the descent will be made at sea with the aid of a parachute. The vehicle capsule is reusable, but it will be necessary to use a new balloon for each flight.
Jany Ponytre, co-director of Space Perspective, comments that the company is delighted to provide the experience for these people to be the first to see the world as few have ever seen. “I can’t wait to hear the stories about this unique and life-changing experience,” he says. Tour participants will also have access to backstage information and updates from Space Perspective.
Space Perspective has not yet set prices for the tour, but according to information from company representatives, it is likely that they will cost approximately $ 125,000.