Ever have one of those days when you just want to get away? Like, far away?
How about a trip to space, via a polyethylene balloon, for you and a few friends? All it'll cost is $125,000 per person.
"Space Perspective reimagines the thrill of space exploration with the world's most radically gentle voyage to space," the company says. "Space explorers and travel adventurers looking to upgrade their bucket list can now savor 360-degree views of planet Earth from 20 miles above in a luxurious six-hour trip, inside Spaceship Neptune, propelled by a state-of-the-art spaceballoon the size of a football stadium."
The endeavour is being developed by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously worked on the air, food and water systems for Biosphere 2. The ship itself includes a bathroom. And a bar. All the necessities.
The balloon will take about two hours to ascend, spend two hours at altitude and another two hours returning to Earth. It won't begin commercial flights until 2024, but backers note there was a successful uncrewed launch on June 18, with cameras taking photos of the sunrise high above Florida.