A space-centered company based out of Arizona known as World View Balloon Enterprises is planning on some major outer-space views of Earth and all from a balloon that will take riders up to about 100,000 feet and at a cost of $75,000 a ticket.
It is a new idea planned by expert space-loving tycoons and they want to send up tourists to an elevation of around 19 miles and allow them to have the kind of awesome view that daredevil Felix Baumgartner experienced just last year.
World View stated it would begin offering the 100,000 ft. balloon rides in 2016, but plans on beginning to sell tickets anytime in the upcoming months. In Tucson, the company continues to work on the development of the balloon that will soar and also the special pressure sealed gondola.
The company revealed its plans on Tuesday, when the Federal Aviation Administration reported that the project would follow the guidelines that oversee marketable spaceflight rather than the more rigorous rules for balloon trips in the atmosphere.
World View’s balloon will not get anywhere near the universally established 62-mile limit of outer space, and riders will not experience the feelings of no gravity. But the flight will allow them to have the kind of view that shows the sky as black. This is connected with high-altitude flights of balloons.
When the earth is seen hanging in pitch darkness of space, it will help people understand our connection to our planet and to the universe, and will surely offer a life-changing experience to people who buy a ticket, Jane Poynter, World View’s CEO, explained in a statement.
The $75,000 price tag is actually less than what competitor Virgin Galactic wants to charge at $250,000 per ticket per space ride, or even the $95,000 rocket trips which are being planned by the XCOR Aerospace company. World View tours also would give a longer amount of high-altitude observations. The company says that the climb would be at least a couple of hours, with almost two hours of hang time at the very top, and then there would be a half-hour of coming down.
The original plan calls for the balloon gondola to carry six travelers and two pilots, but that will sooner or later change to where it hopefully will be seven passengers and only one pilot.
By doing this, a person will not earn his or her astronaut wings, but the FAA says that World View should nevertheless follow spaceflight rules because individuals will go through the very same bodily responses up there at 30 kilometers when exposed to the atmosphere of Earth in low orbit.
Poynter is not an outsider to spaceflight organizations, nor is her spouse, Taber MacCallum, who is World View’s CTO. They are the founders of Paragon Space Development, which has worked on life support systems for an assortment of present and impending spacecraft. They also are leading the mechanical aspects of Inspiration Mars, which is a project that is aiming to send two individuals on a Mars flyby that has financial backing from Dennis Tito, who is very interested in space exploration and is a multi-millionaire.
It is with irony World View releases this information on the 216th anniversary of the very first parachute jump which was from a hot air balloon. The scene that the World View balloon will give ticket holders will surely be much different from that jump two centuries ago but probably no less amazing to the people experiencing it.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble