A Space Balloon Company Might Take You in Space Before Bezos and Branson
Neptune One from Space Perspective is a unique balloon-flight-based spaceship that allows passengers to view the Earth's curvature from space.
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Space travel is no longer a dream, because, now, for $125,000, anyone can book a ticket to space. This eye-catching deal is being offered by Space Perspective, a space tourism company that has created a balloon-driven space capsule called Neptune One, for conducting commercial space flights. Neptune conducted its first test flight in June 2021, and from the same month, Space Perspective has also started accepting seat bookings for spaceflights in the years 2024, 2025, and beyond.
During its proposed space flights, Neptune plans to carry passengers 100,000 feet (about 30 km or 18.64 miles) up in the sky. However, according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), outer space actually starts at a height of 330,000 feet (100 km or 62 miles) from the Earth. So technically, the passengers aboard Neptune One would only be referred to as space tourists (just like Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos), and not as astronauts.