World View’s balloon-powered spacecraft won’t come anywhere near the 62-mile boundary of space, taking passengers just short of 20 miles high instead. Oh yeah, there won’t be anti-gravity sensation at those heights, so don’t bother donning a bikini and doing a Kate Upton impression.
Once launched, the balloon will lift the capsule gently, taking its sweet time (around 1.5 hours) to reach the desired altitude. From there, the craft will sail the stratosphere for approximately two hours, giving voyagers a view of the planet and outer space right on top of 99% of the earth’s atmosphere. For the return trip, helium will be vented slowly from the balloon, eventually releasing it and letting the parawing sitting under the balloon to take over for the remainder of the flight back.
World View is targeting for a 2016 launch for the service.
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