Space Perspective have finally released the final design for the Neptune luxury spaceship capsule, which means that you can experience an actual galaxy space flight soon, only if you can afford to shell out $125,000 for it.
Spaceship Neptune is a pressurized, climate-controlled passenger capsule that will make its first commercial flights in late 2024. It will be propelled into space by a massive, high-performance hydrogen balloon. The concept design was created by Space Perspective in collaboration with the design firm PriestmanGoode and was initially unveiled in 2020.
The most recent model has a larger spherical vessel that gives passengers more headroom, but also offers more safety advantages due to its higher pressure resistance. According to Space Perspective, the vessel’s thermal control system, which has a patent pending, and reflecting window and exterior coatings that lessen solar gain, make it possible for a more comfortable interior atmosphere.
The new design also incorporates an improved splash cone that has been added to make a smoother and safer landing—a strategy NASA advises as being the least dangerous.
The experience combines the best of luxury travel with space flight and flies passengers 19 miles above Earth. Passengers can take in 360-degree panoramic views while also being in a space that is not only suspended in space, but also has all the luxuries of a five-star hotel.
Lounge seats and an onboard bar are provided in the interior, which is more akin to a luxurious hotel suite on Earth than a spaceship.
According to their website: “Spaceship Neptune is the first carbon-neutral way to space. Lifted by [the] SpaceBalloon™—a technology used for decades by the likes of NASA—[they] take Explorers on a leisurely flight, spending hours at the edge of space.”
Dan Window, the Experience Design Lead, and Isabella Trani, the Experience Designer of Space Perspective shares: “Space travel presents a new realm of exciting challenges and creative thinking […] design specialists, we have integrated the travel experience and aesthetic — from headroom and groups of Explorers being able to move around comfortably within Spaceship Neptune from chair to restroom to bar — to, of course, maximizing the once-in-a-lifetime views.”
The six-hour flight has already gained in popularity seeing as 900 tickets have already been sold. People can reserve a spot for $1,000, but would later be expected to pay $125,000 to actually get on the flight.
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