Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Space Perspective is Offering Ultra-Luxury Balloon Rides to the Stratosphere for $170,000

It seems the mega-wealthy are growing tired of our planet. Understandably, there are only so many times you can ski in Aspen or yacht through the Mediterranean before asking yourself: “Is this all there is?” So the rich are looking to the stars, and Space Perspective is offering a first-class experience in the stratosphere. The Florida-based company plans to send paying customers aboard its Spaceship Neptune – a pressurised capsule that will sore high above Earth attached to a giant balloon. However, what’s even more stunning than the recently released illustrations is the price tag of each ticket…

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Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

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Spaceship Neptune will include large 360-degree panoramic windows, with even the restroom offering a view. The customisable cabin features reclining seats, while couches can accommodate a more intimate setting for dinner or special events. Space Perspective will provide food and beverage services, and the capsule comes with mood lighting so patrons can see stars or the curvature of the earth. There’s even a dedicated ‘Space Lounge’ area with a telescope, interactive screens and decorations such as plants and floor lamps to “remind us of the interconnected nature of our planet,” the company said in a statement.

“Our mission is to inspire space explorers to connect more closely with our planet and each other, and the environment in which they travel with us is central to this,” Jane Poynter, founder, co-CEO and chief experience officer of Space Perspective, said in the same statement. “Our Space Lounge is a world away from the white, utilitarian environments you find in other spacecraft.”

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

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For those willing to explore the great unknown, Space Perspective says it will take about two hours to reach the peak altitude of 100,000 feet (30 kilometres). Then it will glide for two hours before making its descent toward an ocean splashdown, after which it will be retrieved by a ship.

Aiming to launch its first commercial flights in 2024, customers can expect to pay roughly USD$125,000 (AU$170,000) a ticket. While that may seem like a ridiculous amount of money for a six-hour journey, by comparison, a Virgin Galactic currently charges USD$450,000 per seat on its suborbital flight. At this stage, there are about 600 reserved spots on the Space Perspective waiting list, each paying the USD$1000 refundable deposit.

While the company has raised millions of dollars in seed funding and successfully completed a test flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, we are more than happy to let a few eager beavers give it a crack before we do.

To infinity and beyond, millionaires.

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Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

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Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

Space Perspective Spaceship Neptune

Image: Space Perspective

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Sam Mangioni is an experienced Staff Writer with an extensive background in digital content production and news. Prior to working for Man of Many, Sam spent three years at Southern Cross Austereo where he served as a Content Producer and News Reporter for the flagship Triple M Breakfast Program. The Sydney-based reporter completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University Majoring in Marketing in 2014. A specialist in sport, lifestyle and gear coverage, Sam's work has also featured in Fight News Australia.