The franchise reserved two full capsules scheduled to fly in 2025 and 2027 on Spaceship Neptune, a six-hour journey that will take eight explorers and a pilot to the edge of space in a luxurious pressurized capsule propelled by a SpaceBalloon.
Spaceship Neptune will differ from other spacecraft by being attached and secured to the SpaceBalloon for the entire flight, making it a safer journey. Other vessels separate mid-flight and transfer to different flight systems.
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Spaceship Neptune will be lifted into space by the SpaceBalloon, powered by renewable hydrogen with no rockets and no carbon footprint. Travelers won’t have the jarring blastoff that is typical of space travel, but instead will ascend steadily at 12 mph, making the experience accessible for anyone who is able to fly on a commercial plane.
‘We are excited for our advisors to be able to offer such a unique experience to their clients that pushes all boundaries of travel as we know it,’ said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners.
Spaceship Neptune’s Space Lounge has been designed to maximize comfort and enhance the views of Earth from space. Explorers can take advantage of the telescope and interactive screens that share key information as the journey unfolds or celebrate with a champagne toast from the bar.
They will be able to take in the view from the largest windows ever flown into space, giving 360-degree visibility. A high-speed Wi-Fi connection will be available, allowing travelers to share their experience with friends and family.
‘Space Perspective is changing the face of space travel,’ said Edyta Teper, head of global sales – trade partnerships. ‘We are delighted that Cruise Planners is one of the early pioneers to present this exciting and life-changing experience to their clients.’
Cruise Planners hosted the first of many seminars to train advisors on this experience so they can help answer clients’ questions.
Space Perspective is led by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who in 2014 led the StratEx team that launched Alan Eustace to 136,000 feet in a spacesuit under a SpaceBalloon, breaking the Red Bull Stratos record for the highest spacedive and highest human flight under a SpaceBalloon. Many of the crew responsible for this flight are currently in key roles at Space Perspective. The spacesuit the StratEx team developed, and in which Eustace flew, is on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian.
The company expects to start taking explorers into space in late 2024.