Take a ride in a helium balloon to near-space for $75,000

By on October 27, 2013, 11:15 AM

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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1 person liked this | Acespaces Acespaces said:

75,000 damn that's a lot! I can visualize a lot of wealthy retired people doing this.

Guest said:

Just another easy way to an early grave. Stupid!!

Chazz said:

For extra can I parachute down like that one guy?!

JC713 JC713 said:

This is cool, but no way worth $75K.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

For $75k this ride had better come with a free 2-day pass to Kami's Lookout.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Anyone willing to spend 75K on this joy ride, makes me wish I had earth to helium balloon missiles to finalize their journey.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Anyone willing to spend 75K on this joy ride, makes me wish I had earth to helium balloon missiles to finalize their journey.

I knew it was only a matter of time...

Guest said:

Wonder if they'll have fireworks going on launch day? :)

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

For extra can I parachute down like that one guy?!

A few have already done it. Joe Kittinger being the 1st during the 50's & 60's

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

This is cool, but no way worth $75K.

If you join the USN or USAF you could be lucky enough & even paid to take the ride.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Wonder if they'll have fireworks going on launch day?

No but I heard you will be allowed to smoke onboard, saves them money on buying fireworks. But for 75 grand... maybe they'll throw in a box of smokes.

lmike6453 said:

I wonder how much are the 2 crew members getting paid?

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