Didn’t anyone see the movie Gravity? After watching that movie, I decided that I would definitely not want to do space travel, with the possibility of dying up there and all. But hey when you’re really loaded and have done everything you can do on earth, why not?
First there was Virgin Galactic space plane and now there’s Bloon a “near space” journey via air balloon. Created by the team at Zero2Infinity, Bloon takes you up around 36km above the earth (which is around 22 miles high) and gives a view of approximately 1,400km in diameter—meaning that you’ll be able to see Paris and Rome at the same time.
“Imagine you are flying near space through the ozone layer and beyond till the edge of our atmosphere, bluish and thin—a delicate protection from the harshness of the Cosmos, but all caring for it. The most amazing views of our planet in her true glory from the edge of our world. Imagine the change to see how the stars and Sun blaze day and night,” says Zero2Infinity.
Promising a ride that is clean and safe, Bloon uses inert helium gas for lift and doesn’t employ any dangerous substances—like combustible fuels. Eight vented airbags and a guided parafoil with conical backup are used for descent and landing. Since there aren’t any engines, the design is also really quiet and slow moving (i.e., no crazy accelerations to cause motion sickness). Thanks to the lack of noise pollution and the launch structure being portable, you can actually take off from anywhere you want.
The pod is designed to hold a maximum of four guests and two pilots. When on board, you’ll get to relax, have some dinner and sip on your favorite drink. The cost is a mere $650,000.