That’s not to say it won’t likely be a fascinating experience. Spaceship Neptune’s design allows for panoramic 360-degree views, and the curvature of Earth and the darkness of space will be clearly visible. Passengers will be able to see approximately 450 miles (724 km) in every direction.
The full experience will last about six hours and it will cost about $125,000. Space Perspective also recently showed off the luxury interior of its capsule. Now, the company says the spherical design of the exterior “accommodates a roomier interior with more headroom, and the additional safety benefits of being optimal for pressure resistance.”
In its statement, Space Perspective founder and co-CEO Taber MacCallum said, “centuries of balloon and parachute operation and development demonstrate that always flying with the balloon from launch through landing, with traditional parachutes as a reserve backup system, is by far the simplest, safest and most robust solution.”
Space Perspective says it came up with its new capsule design following thousands of virtual flight tests and simulations. It collaborated with Siemens Digital Industries on the design, which features a splash cone for water landings, a thermal control system, and reflective coated windows. Space Perspective is currently building the capsule at its facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That’s the same location from which it plans to launch its space balloon rides.