Interested in taking an 18-mile helium balloon ride to near-space for a breathtaking view of Earth? A startup by the name of World View intends to offer such a journey in the not too distance future for the low, low price of $75,000.
The plan is to send up to six passengers and two crew members 18 miles above Earth inside a capsule attached to a helium balloon the size of a football field. Riders will have about two hours to gaze down at the planet they call home through several transparent viewing sections in the transporter.
Testing in conjunction with Paragon Space Development Corporation is expected to begin sometime next year with Arizona and New Mexico cited as possible launch pads.
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