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yet another rich guy space program

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a proposed space balloon would take passengers to extreme altitudes in a chillaxed lounge atmosphere

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The football-field-sized space balloon carrying the bulbous cabin into the sky at 12 mph (picture the pace of a leisurely bike ride) is in market contrast to the thunderous Flash Gordon blastoffs of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. Spaceship Neptune’s swanky, pressurized lounge is a panopticon of windows and includes a bar and bathroom. There’s even Wi-Fi. Instead of g forces gluing fliers to their seats, eight passengers and one pilot will sit in recliners, chatting and sipping cocktails as they gradually zoom out on Kennedy Space Center—Spaceship Neptune’s home port—until it becomes the Florida peninsula, then the East Coast and, eventually, a grand view of Earth itself.

Spaceship Neptune’s 100,000-foot climb technically won’t reach space, but Poynter says it replicates the suborbital rocket experience (what Richard Branson experienced during his historic July flight aboard Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane VSS Unity, minus the weightlessness) but with a lot more luxury, while still giving passengers incredible views of the curvature of the Earth below and the blackness of space above. “The way we designed it was to make it as easy as boarding a commercial aircraft,” says Poynter. “We wanted our clients to sit back and enjoy the luxury experience.”

Splashdown pickup is via boat. After a successful test of its prototype in June, Space Perspective began selling tickets for flights beginning in 2024, at a cost of $125,000 per seat.

“Some people would love to go pre-dawn,” says Poynter, “so you can really experience the extraordinary sky and see the iconic blue line that separates the Earth below and space. There’s almost a crazy rainbow effect.”

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Although I'm a bit jealous, as I doubt I will ever be able to afford such a ride, I'm excited to see the increased commercialization of space.

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if the public programs falter, it will turn space into a kind of palace of versailles that benefits no one

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TOS wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:22 pm

if the public programs falter, it will turn space into a kind of palace of versailles that benefits no one

True, but if the private programs never materialize, space will always be the province of governments. We need both.

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At least the balloon idea won't produce the same amount of pollution as a decent sized city does in a year for each launch. Private space flight is just a way for the ultra rich to expand their already incredibly huge carbon foot print.

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