Space Perspective reveals designs for Capsule

Luxury space travel company Space Perspective has unveiled the final design of its Neptune capsule, which offers a carbon-neutral alternative to visiting the far reaches of space.

The capsule’s spherical shape allows for 360-degree panoramic views through the windows – which the company claims are the largest ever taken at the edge of space. Basically, these windows have a reflective coating, similar to that of an astronaut’s helmet, which will help keep the capsule’s temperature cool by limiting its solar gain.

Inside, the interior is noticeably more welcoming than that of a typical spaceship. Seat-belt lounge chairs provide a safe place to sit during takeoff and landing, while sofas provide a place to relax and take in the scenery. The capsule itself is relatively tall to allow for better headroom, allowing travelers to move around. Luxurious materials are used inside, such as fluted glass and marble. Snacks and drinks will be available from an onboard bar throughout the six-hour journey.

The patent-pending design was showcased on the company’s campus, with its shapes and details overseen by experience design lead Dan Window and experience designer Isabella Trani. Of their design, the pair said:

“Space travel presents a new realm of exciting challenges and creative thinking. As design specialists, we have integrated the travel experience and aesthetics – from headroom and groups of explorers that can comfortably move around the Neptune spacecraft from chair to toilet to bar – to, of course, maximize the once-in-a-lifetime views.

Pioneering 360-degree windows will be accompanied by satellite imagery and 360-degree cameras to zoom in and out of the incredible panorama. We now also have an exterior aesthetic that is just as powerful as the interior revealed in April – the engineering team has delivered an unrivaled result in terms of performance and safety.

The manufacture of the Neptune spacecraft has already begun with 900 tickets to travel there sold to date. Tickets cost US$125,000 per person and can be reserved for US$1,000 on the Space Perspective website.

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