Space Perspective shows prototype of Neptune capsule for space tourism
Once upon a time, it seemed that spaceflight was a distant dream. However, technology is evolving and spaceflight may soon become a reality. The American company Space Perspective has shown a prototype of a test capsule that will be able to fly into space with passengers.
Such a capsule will be able to ascend to 30 kilometres. More details about it and how much a flight ticket will cost can be found on the Space Perspective website.
Space capsule: what is known about it
Passengers will ride in a sealed capsule called Spaceship Neptune, which will hang under a hydrogen-filled "space balloon the length of a football stadium." It will take two hours to ascend, followed by two hours of sightseeing and another two hours to descend. To descend back down, the gas must be slowly released from the balloon.
The developers promise that the flight will be comfortable as they plan to equip the capsule with all the amenities. The first thing they need is soft plush seats. In addition, there should be a bar with drinks, a Wi-Fi communication system with the ability to shoot live broadcasts, panoramic windows, and a toilet under the deck.
"The entire company is very motivated to have reached this milestone together and to see the Neptune spacecraft come to life so spectacularly before our eyes ," said Space Perspective founder and co-CEO Taber McCallum.
For now, they will conduct test flights, and then start commercial operation. The first test flight is planned without a crew, while flights with a crew are scheduled for 2024.
This luxury was to be expected. After all, a ticket to the capsule will cost 125 thousand US dollars. They are already on sale.