Get an Incredible View of Earth From 19 Miles Up â€” For a Cool $75K
J Thoendell stashed this in Space
Like the Spain-based zero2infinity, World View is planning rides in a relatively spacious gondola, suspended beneath a balloon, that will carry passengers to around 100,000 feet. The view is a long ways from Virgin Galacticâ€™s plans forÂ sub-orbital rocket ridesÂ at 360,000 feet, but the view from a gondola will last for a few hours (or more). Itâ€™s also a lot cheaper at $75,000, compared to the current ticket price of $250,000 for a ride on Virginâ€™s SpaceShipTwo which will only spend a few minutes at the peak of its flight before descending back to earth.
The ability to spend hours at 100,000 feet, does offer new opportunities, even if it doesnâ€™t include the weightlessness being touted by Virgin Galacticâ€™s parabolic flight path. The helium balloon could be launched at night to offer a spectacular sunrise opportunity with pretty much all of the atmosphere below you, and the darkness of space remaining above you even after the sun is up.
I think this is one of those things where it's best NOT to be among the first.
Let them work the bugs out of the system before you give them your money.