The Spanish company will send tourists into space on huge helium balloons
Zero 2 Infinity offers a view of our planet from the upper stratosphere aboard a capsule attached to a giant helium balloon.
This trip will take about five hours, and two pilots will oversee the entire process. In 4 hours of takeoff, the Bloon capsule can lift up to four passengers to an altitude of 40 km. For comparison, commercial aircraft fly about 10 km above the ground.
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In the stratosphere, tourists can not only enjoy the view of the planet’s surface, but also see open space. After that, the capsule is separated from the balloon and deploys the parachute, smoothly descending to the surface for an hour.
Depending on weather conditions, landing can occur within a radius of 300 km from the launch site. Immediately after boarding, passengers will be met by representatives of the company with transport. This year, Zero 2 Infinity successfully completed a test flight with a robot on board the capsule, which rose to an altitude of 36 km. Officials have not yet disclosed the timing of the start of the provision of services.
Since this method does not require the use of expensive rockets, the cost of one trip for each passenger will be about $ 130 thousand. This is significantly cheaper than the proposals of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, which are requesting millions.
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