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Would be astronauts looking to book the trip  of a lifetime are being offered the chance to float into space in a high tech  balloon.

A Spanish company plans on offering the  ultimate day trip to near-space in two years time – just enough time to start  saving for the £95,000 ($142,000) ticket.

During the flight, passengers will be able to  stand up and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Earth, experience weightlessness  and even eat a meal if they desire.

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Would be astronauts looking to book the trip of a lifetime are being offered the chance to float into space in a high tech balloon
Would be astronauts looking to book the trip of a  lifetime are being offered the chance to float into space in a high tech balloon  (pictured)

 

During the flight passengers will be able to stand up and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Earth, while also being served a meal
During the flight passengers will be able to stand up in  their pod (pictured) and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Earth, while also  being served a meal

 

The ëblooní is the brainchild of Spanish  entrepreneur Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales, boss of Barcelona-based  Zero2Infinity.

Space tourists will journey to earth’s outer  limits in a capsule that can hold six people – four passenger and two  pilots.

Annelie Schoenmaker of Zero2Infinity, said:  ‘The ride will be very gentle and  peaceful as well as environmentally friendly.

‘Passengers will be able to see the sun and  the stars at the same time, while looking down on the curvature of the  earth.’

   The passenger pod is carried into near-space by a high tech balloon and then separates after cruising above the earth for two hours
The passenger pod is carried into near-space by a high  tech balloon and then separates after cruising above the earth for two hours. It  is carried back to Earth by a para-foil when passengers will briefly experience  zero gravity

Russian adventurer Artemy  Lebedev who is one of the few people on the planet to have visited every  country, has already signed up for a trip to near-space.

Commercial operations will begin in 2015 but  a trip for four people will cost around £95,000.

Ms Schoenmaker said: ‘The  experience will be very much like  that in an aeroplane although there will be a  period of about 30 seconds when passengers will experience weightlessness and  will be able to  float around the cabin.

‘Everything is customised to the person’s  individual requirements. We can partition off part of the cabin for  those who  want more privacy and we can even serve them Michelin star  meals if that’s what  they want.’

The pod is large enough to carry six passengers - four space tourists and two pilots
The pod is large enough to carry six passengers – four  space tourists and two pilots. The company’s ‘Bloons’ are usually used to  conduct science experiments in near space

Zero2Infinitydevelops  technologies to enable cost-efficient access to near-space with  zero-environmental impact flying solutions.

While it currently offers trips for  scientific researchers as well as equipment in its ‘Bloon’ pods, it is targeting  couples and families with this new venture.

Zero2Infinity’s largest pod, which carries  six people, has 15 square metres of windows for amazing views of the Earth and  space.

The company is currently doing test flights  and raising more investment for its new venture.

JOURNEY OF THE BLOON TO THE  EDGE OF SPACE

  • The balloons lift off from an aerodrome in  Cordoba, Spain – although the location has not been confirmed
  • Ascent from the Earth’s surface to an  altitude of 36 kilometers takes just one hour
  • The balloon and pod fly for around two hours  at a height that is twice that of Concorde’s cruising altitude
  • The balloon vents gas to descend like a  normal hot air balloon
  • The pod separates from the balloon,  attached to a para-foil, which allows the passengers to experience zero  gravity for around two minutes
  • Guided descent to a landing area takes  around 40 minute
A Bloon and pod starts its journey into near-space
The balloon and pod fly for around two hours at a height that is twice that of Concorde's cruising altitude
A Bloon begins its ascent from the Earth’s surface  (above) to an altitude of 36 kilometers.  They then fly for around  two hours at a  height that is twice that of Concorde’s cruising  altitude

 

An artist's impression of passengers inside a pod on their journey to near-space
An artist's impression of passengers inside a pod on their journey to near-space
An artist’s impression of passengers inside a pod on  their journey to near-space

The company usually takes researchers and  scientific experiments into near-space.

Its balloons offer scientists the chance to  so earth and space observations, study atmospheric science, demonstrate  technology in zero gravity conditions and conduct drop testing.

Zero2Gravity recently collaborated with  Spanish university, Universitat Jaume, to  send its humanoid robot called NAO into space.

The collaboration aims to advance in the  development of robotics by offering a real platform to test university’s  research in robotic intelligence.

Attribution: Sarah Griffiths, Mail Online

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