Zoom on the capsule Making space photo tourism a reality

Space Perspective, the company that wants to enable photo tourism in Earth’s stratosphere via a giant balloon, has revealed the design of the capsule that contains its luxury lounge.

The company says that thanks to its patent-pending capsule design, space travel is about to get safer, more comfortable and “even more exciting”. The new Spaceship Neptune capsule is currently in production at the company’s facilities near its operations center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Space perspective capsule

When Space Perspective announced its space balloon efforts in April, it said it would send tourists into the stratosphere on a slow two-hour ascent aboard a pressurized, air-conditioned capsule attached to the gigantic SpaceBalloon from the society.

At the time, the company only provided a few renderings of the capsule’s design, but today it revealed more details about how tourists will soon be able to take their own photos of the Earth’s curvature. in the comfort of a luxury space. pod.

Space perspective capsule

According to Space Perspective, the capsule’s design increases its safety, maximizes comfort, improves the passenger experience and incorporates new features such as a “pioneering spherical design” to accommodate a more spacious interior with more room for head.

The space lounge also features an improved, patent-pending “splash cone” for a smooth and safe landing after the journey is complete – after the balloon has been aloft for two hours, it descends then for another two hours and lands in the ocean, at which point a ship will pick up the passengers, capsule, and SpaceBalloon.

Space Perspective says the 360-degree window arrangement will not only be the largest to ever fly to the edge of space (and provide great photography opportunities), it’s covered in a reflective coating to limit solar gain and keep the interior comfortable and cool. In this sense, the capsule also has a separate patent-pending thermal control system.

Space perspective capsule
Space Perspective’s Taber MacCallum (left), Founder and Co-CEO, and Peter Tinkham (right), Manufacturing Specialist, in the test lab inspect a section of the fabricated carbon composite exterior for the Neptune spacecraft.

“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 lavatory to bar – to, of course, maximize the unique views,” Dan Window and Isabella Trani – world experts in designing high-end transportation systems and now responsible for the design of Space Perspective – say.

Space perspective capsule

“The pioneering 360 degree windows will be accompanied by satellite imagery and 360 degree cameras to zoom in and out of the incredible view. We now also have an exterior aesthetic that is just as powerful as the interior revealed in April – the he team of engineers delivered an unparalleled result in terms of performance and safety.

In addition to the new enlarged renders of the capsule’s exterior, Space Perspective has also added some additional interior renders:

Space perspective capsule

Space perspective capsule

Space perspective capsule

Space perspective capsule

Space perspective capsule

Space Perspective says it has actively started manufacturing the capsules, as travel to the stratosphere has already proven popular. The company says it has sold 900 of the $125,000 tickets so far, and commercial flights are expected to begin in late 2024. The company is actively taking bookings for 2025 and beyond.


Picture credits: perspective from space

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