World View Unveils Balloon Spacecraft

Space tourism company World View has unveiled designs for a capsule that will fly passengers to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere under a giant balloon in two years’ time.

World View is already taking bookings and deposit payments for its commercial spaceflights, which are scheduled to begin in 2024. The spaceflight capsules are designed to be lifted by a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon, rising 30,000 metres above the ground so that passengers can see the Earth’s curvature, the thin blue line of the atmosphere and the darkness of outer space.

Seating for eight passengers and two crew members is contained within the hexagon-shaped pods in a climate-controlled, pressurised environment.

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