Space Perspective unveiled the first interior images of their Spaceship Neptune and appointed David Grutman as Experience Curator to advise on the Space Explorer's end-to-end experience from arrival at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to in-flight and post-landing.
Jayne Poynter, the sole female space travel entrepreneur, developed Space Perspective, redefining space tourism, and is far from rocket-fueled space pursuits. Passengers can glide for two hours at the edge of space in a climate-controlled, pressurized capsule pushed by a state-of-the-art SpaceBalloon, taking in the breathtaking beauty of Earth and the immensity of space.
Lift-off happens at dawn so that guests can see the sunrise as they climb 100,000 feet (20 miles/30 kilometers). The two-hour descent to Earth ends with a splash in the water, where the passengers, the capsule, and the SpaceBalloon are retrieved by a ship. While gracefully ascending at a cruise speed of 12mph, every interior feature has been engineered to accentuate the spectacular vistas.
“Every aspect of our thrilling Space Perspective flights has been designed to be radically gentle for the passenger and the environment, and that includes our interior,” Poynter said. “The welcoming comfort and calm of the exhilarating Space Lounge experience offers travelers the opportunity to take phenomenal pictures, be educated via our expert pilot and interactive content, enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences and of course simply soak up the 360 degree views. We are also delighted to have David join to deliver the ultimate in customizable hospitality for our Space Explorers.”
Hundreds of interior versions have been tested to improve the pressurized Spaceship Neptune capsule's design, human experience, and performance, including a nearly 360-degree panoramic view that seems entirely seamless to the human eye. The capsule also features:
Commercial flights are targeted to begin in late 2024, with 600 tickets sold to date. Space Perspective is currently taking reservations for 2025 and beyond, with the first year of seats completely reserved. Tickets are priced at a market-beating $125,000 per person, and bookings are made with a fully refundable deposit beginning at $1,000. Entire capsules are also available for reservations (up to eight guests and a pilot). Space Perspective’s human spaceflight launches are regulated by the FAA Office of Commercial Spaceflight.
“I am beyond excited about advising Space Perspective on the Space Lounge experience - we really want to make this transformative. The world class team at Space Perspective is on a mission to change people’s perception of what adventure travel can be. We have so many ideas on how we can customize the journey – from birthday celebrations, and corporate getaways, to creating special moments that will capture the imaginations of everyone,” Grutman said.
Photography by: Courtesy Sophie Russell