Space Perspective to offer space flights from marine launch pad

MS Voyager will be a marine spaceport for human spaceflights

Space Perspective has this week unveiled the world’s first Marine Spaceport for human spaceflight, and the first in a planned fleet of this new class of spaceports globally.

Branded MS Voyager, the marine spaceports are sites for launching and receiving spacecraft. The capacity to launch from marine-based sites around the world, in addition to launching from land on Florida’s Space Coast, Space Perspective becomes the first global space travel experience company, offering safe and sustainable journeys to the edge of space.

The name Voyager is in homage to the Voyager 1 Space Probe mission which, on astronomer Carl Sagan’s request, took a photo of Earth from across the solar system on 14 February 1990. That photo, now known as the Pale Blue Dot, inspired Sagan’s book of the same name and his call for humans to “preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known” – words that reverberate through Space Perspective’s mission today.

MS Voyager, the floating launch vehicle for Space Perspective's Space Balloon and Spaceship Neptune

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“Space Perspective will change your relationship with our planet by providing the quintessential astronaut experience of viewing Earth from the blackness of space,” said Jane Poynter, Space Perspective’s Founder and Co-CEO.

“It’s imperative for us to think about our business with a global mindset. Removing geographic borders for launch and landing accelerates our mission of making this transformative experience more accessible to the world and international marketplace – safely, reliably and with minimal impact on our planet.”

Plans are underway to integrate marine-based launches into marquee global events, and conversations are active with several potential destinations across the globe to offer Explorers an awe-inspiring view of some of the world’s most iconic geography.

“We always imagined offering the opportunity to view the most incredible natural phenomena from space, including the Northern Lights, the boot of Italy, the sheer scale of the Nile Delta, and the deep blue seas around the Bahamas. Marine Spaceports like MS Voyager make this a reality,” said Poynter.

MS Voyager and future Space Perspective Marine Spaceports give the company the operational flexibility needed to grow its business rapidly to reach a supply-constrained global market for commercial space travel that analysts recently estimated could reach over US$8 billion by 2030.

Marine Spaceports create ideal launch conditions in two ways: by navigating to areas of good weather, which allows for year-round operations within a region, and by moving with the sea breeze, so there is virtually no wind across the deck. This enables more frequent launch opportunities, as well as more options for the time of day, including sunrise and sunset night-time stargazing flights for Explorers.

“This is another important milestone and a proud moment for the Space Perspective crew both in terms of pioneering engineering and the ability to scale our offer quickly, globally. We are grateful to our extended crew of dynamic, best-in-class operational partners,” said Taber MacCallum, Space Perspective’s Founder, Co-CEO and CTO.

The 292-foot-long (89-metre) vessel, which will call Port Canaveral home, is being outfitted for launch, retrieval, and SpaceBalloon operations. The vessel itself is being retrofitted to use biofuel to reduce its carbon footprint.

When it’s time to come back to Earth at the end of the journey in Spaceship Neptune’s pressurised capsule, fast boats will arrive to stabilise the capsule on landing in the water, which will be lifted onto the Marine Spaceport by a custom-built frame.

Spaceship Neptune will launch from the stern of MS Voyager

From early Apollo to SpaceX missions, water landings have been a safe and trusted way to return to Earth, and Space Perspective’s team includes former SpaceX and NASA launch and retrieval experts.

“We’ve always believed in Space Perspective’s mission and the experience they are bringing to the world through human spaceflight. Unlocking the ability to scale globally with the addition of Marine Spaceports only strengthens the proposition and the power of the company to change people’s lives and the future of our planet,” said, Brandon Ross, General Partner of LightShed Ventures, a major Space Perspective investor.

MS Voyager will begin operations in the New Year, aligned to Space Perspective’s planned test flights that commence in early 2023. Space Perspective has sold over 1,000 tickets to date. Tickets are available to reserve now at their current price of US$125,000 at SpacePerspective.com.

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