World View's Space Balloon Will Offer Commercial Rides Into Stratosphere For $50k

This incredible balloon-carried capsule is set to begin ferrying passengers into the stratosphere in 2024. Arizona-based company World View wants to enable participants to view some of the most astonishing landmarks on the planet from above. 100,000 feet, travellers can experience contrast: feeling the earth’s curvature while experiencing the total darkness of space. After its first spaceport at the Grand Canyon, the balloon then travels over some of the world's greatest sights including the Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti, the Aurora Borealis, the Giza pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Each polyethylene balloon can only be used once but the company has several recycling options for the material and a 100-year plan for minimising the impact of its operations. World View‘s explorer capsule occupies a spacious cabin with luxurious, ergonomic seating while the huge windows provide sweeping views opening towards our planet’s beauty and fragility. The experience is enriched by on-board video cameras that capture every moment and powerful telescopes to zoom in on the world below and the stars above. The capsule is undergoing a redesign to add amenities, so testing will take place in 2023 with tourism duty starting in 2024, according to the company. World View is taking $500 deposits now to hold spots. The final price is $50,000 a seat.

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