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Company offers balloon trips in to space


Posted on Thursday, 24 October, 2013 | Comment icon 12 comments

World View will take passengers up to a height of 100,000ft. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Open Space Project
An Arizona firm called 'World View' is offering tourists the chance to ride in to space aboard a balloon.
An offshoot of the Paragon Space Development Corp, the firm is hoping to compete with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic which will soon be offering trips in to space for $250,000 a seat. The balloon-based trips will be a more relaxed affair and cost a lot less at $75,000 per ticket.

"You can be sitting up there having your beverage of choice watching this extraordinary spectacle of the Earth below you and the blackness of space," said Paragon president Jane Poynter who co-founded the venture. "It really is very gentle. You can be up at altitude for hours, for days for research if you need to be."

Unlike Virgin Galactic's high-tech SpaceShipTwo, World View will use a more traditional approach to high-altitude flying by propelling wannabe space tourists in to the heavens using helium-filled balloons.

"I think we have the opportunity to give a really, really incredible experience to people - and for a lot less than most of whatís out on the market right now," said Poynter.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (12)

Tags: World View, Space Tourism

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever on 24 October, 2013, 14:23
If I can afford it, I'm going!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ajunkie1 on 24 October, 2013, 19:11
why how much they saying
Comment icon #5 Posted by DONTEATUS on 24 October, 2013, 22:26
why how much they saying 75K A person !
Comment icon #6 Posted by seeder on 24 October, 2013, 22:34
75K A person ! yeh the big clue was in the OP
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 25 October, 2013, 19:35
OK some questions: 1. What happens if the balloon breaks? - Answer Kiss your ass good-bye! 2. Don't these guys know that the helium supply is close to depletion? Helium is "mined" and can't be man-made. 3. Will the flight attendants get hazard pay?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Vigilanis on 27 October, 2013, 12:12
two phrases that should not be heard together....companies and space travel, not only are the prices ridiculous and offer humanity nothing, beyond a few vacuous celebrities with more money than sense. What ever happened to the governments of the world exploring the great unknown out there......seems they are too busy worrying about border disputes and oil prices planet-side and leaving the door open for the capitalists...shame really...well I hope Lebron James, Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian and Richard Branson enjoy their trip....
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 October, 2013, 11:08
two phrases that should not be heard together....companies and space travel, Why not? I'm sure that in the early days there were those that were saying that two phrases that should not be heard together were companies and air travel. Commercial air travel has gone on to revolutionise modern society, who's to say commercial space travel won't not only are the prices ridiculous and offer humanity nothing, beyond a few vacuous celebrities with more money than sense. Define ridiculous.The prices are appropriate for a fledgling industry with high start up costs. The fact that Virgin Galactic has so... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Peter B on 28 October, 2013, 13:57
two phrases that should not be heard together....companies and space travel, not only are the prices ridiculous and offer humanity nothing, beyond a few vacuous celebrities with more money than sense. What ever happened to the governments of the world exploring the great unknown out there......seems they are too busy worrying about border disputes and oil prices planet-side and leaving the door open for the capitalists...shame really...well I hope Lebron James, Tom Brady, Kim Kardashian and Richard Branson enjoy their trip.... We-e-ell, Spanish exploration of the Americas and Portuguese explor... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Vigilanis on 3 November, 2013, 11:34
Lol thank you for your opinions on what I said, and some er....interesting comparisons, but I stand by every word I said.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS on 3 November, 2013, 23:38
I will bet to say ,That with-in a few years after Virgin gets actually up and running with His trips we will see others get into this industry ! THe Balloon will be a safe way to see sorta the edge of our sphere ! And as for the danger If the Balloon pops Thats why Its got a Chute ! All auto indeed !


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