Anyone for a trip to space by hot air balloon?
Now possible thanks to Spanish firm Zero2Infinity
It seems that commercial flights to space is becoming more of a reality. While Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic service has been delayed, Spanish company Zero2Infinity is soon to launch 'near-space flights' on board a zero-emisson craft called Bloon in the meantime.
Bloon will operate in a way similar to that of Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's ascent to 128,100ft on the Red Bull Stratos mission in 2012. A maximum of four passengers will join two pilots in the bloon cabin, which will be chained to a balloon filled with inert helium. Once fully inflated, the balloon will pull the cabin to an altitude of about 22 miles or 116,000 ft; passengers who reach that height will have risen above some 99.5 per cent of the mass of Earth's atmosphere.
From that vantage point, the privileged few on board will be able to enjoy views of the planet that stretch on for 900 miles. After about three hours, Bloon will descend slowly to ground level.
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