The interior design of Space Perspective‘s new spaceflight experience, a pressurised capsule that hangs suspended from a gigantic balloon, has been unveiled this week. The preview comes as the company reported selling more than 600 of its US$125,000 tickets to date, completely filling its entire first year of operation.
Slated to launch in 2024, Space Perspective’s capsule – known as Spaceship Neptune – will hoist up to eight people per flight to heights of up to 30kms in the atmosphere while attached to a “SpaceBalloon”.
The pod will offer 360-degree panoramic windows (0.56 metres wide x 1.54 metres high) – making it the largest-ever flown to space. The interior design has an elegant, safe and comfortable Space Lounge.
Reclining seats in the capsule can be reconfigured to accommodate an intimate dinner for two or special event, while sustainable materials are used throughout to reduce glare and reflection, including a bar top handcrafted using pellets formed by re-purposing the recyclable material from Space Perspective’s SpaceBalloons. There will also be food and beverage service capabilities for the 6-hour luxury journey.
Onboard will be a telescope, interactive screens, floor lamps, plants and a luxurious restroom featuring huge windows so guests never miss the incredible views.
The centre of the capsule is kept free to ensure group photography (WiFi is also available in-flight) can easily be accommodated. There will be mood lighting including low red LED lights along with a rooftop ‘donut’ display.
Space Perspective refers to its venture as the “only carbon neutral, zero-emission” way to space, in a subtle dig at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX – all of which involve rocket blasters.
“Space Perspective is revolutionising space tourism – and is a world away from rocket-fueled space endeavors,” the company said.
“Space travel has never been more comfortable nor kind to the environment. The only carbon neutral, zero-emission way to space, Spaceship Neptune places safety, the thrilling views and interaction between Space Explorers front and centre in its pioneering design, with sustainable materials embraced throughout – including a bar handcrafted using proprietary materials recycled from the unique SpaceBalloon connected to the capsule.”
Jane Poynter, Founder, Co-CEO and Chief Experience Officer of Space Perspective said: “Our mission is to inspire Space Explorers to connect more closely with our planet and each other, and the environment in which they travel with us is central to this. Our Space Lounge is a world away from the white, utilitarian environments you find in other spacecraft.”
“The welcoming comfort and calm of the exhilarating Space Lounge experience offers travellers the opportunity to take phenomenal pictures, be educated via our expert pilot and interactive content, enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences and of course simply soak up the 360 degree views,” adds Poynter.
Space Perspective is currently taking reservations for 2025 and beyond. See SpacePerspective.com.