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Space odyssey aboard luxury balloon soon a reality

IANS | Last Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 17:26

New York: What if you could take a ride inside a luxury flight capsule hoisted by a giant balloon to reach space?

An Arizona-based company Paragon Space Development Corporation, in collaboration with British studio Priestmangoode, is aiming for a giant balloon to take travellers 100,000 feet up in the sky during a four-five hour tour.
Called `World View", the luxury capsule will be another exercise to make space travel an awesome experience.

"You are going 100,000 feet above the earth`s surface. You are seeing the curvature of the earth, the blackness of space. It is such a life-changing experience. This is what it is all about," Nigel Goode, director of Priestmangoode, was quoted as saying in a report.

The large balloon that powers the capsule might need about an hour and half to get to 100,000 feet.
The pod inside the capsule will have four circular windows each of which would allow two of the six passengers (and the two crew members) a front row seat, the report added.

After that, "World View" could drift into orbit for a few hours.

First Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 17:26

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