Is this the beginning of 'Space Tourism'?
We have already been well acquainted with Richard Branson's space hotels concept, but now a new method of travel to them has been suggested in the shape of hot air balloons that offer an other worldly way of transport.
Arizona-based World View Enterprises expects to launch the ﬁrst World View ﬂights, billed by the company as a “transformative space travel experience”. Obviously less powerful than rockets, the service will rely on a huge, high-altitude balloon to lift a pressurised capsule to around 100,000ft.
From that height, almost 20 miles above the planet’s surface, a select group of six passengers and two crew members will be able to admire the curvature of the planet we call home, and the inﬁnity of space beyond it.
Its passengers will also be able to share their thoughts with friends down on Earth below – as the capsule will be equipped with internet access enabling live tweets and Instagram updades galore.