A French space company wants to send visitors to the stratosphere beyond Earth in a low-carbon hot air balloon.
French hot air balloons take tourists beyond the Earth.
French hot air balloons take tourists beyond the Earth. (Photo: Courtesy of Zephalto).
Theo Ɓloomberg, space company Zephalto France plans to use hot air balloons to fly 60 times a year and take 6 passengers on each trip off Earth. Each trip will last 6 hours and are expected to depart for the first time in 2025.
Fares start from 120,000 Euros (about 132,000 USD) per passenger. With the money spent as above, visitors not only experience a new journey, but also enjoy wine and delicious food.
Vincent Sarret d’Astiès, founder of Zephalto, said: “We are working with the French space agency to jointly study this hot air balloon model.”
Initially, the balloon will start to rise within 90 minutes and will accelerate to a speed of 4 m/s. Passengers will be able to see and enjoy space in the stratosphere at an altitude of 25 km for 3 hours before returning to Earth. All flights will depart from France.
The hot air balloon will fly within 6 hours for USD 132,000 per person.
The hot air balloon will fly for 6 hours at USD 132,000 per person. (Photo: Courtesy of Zeρhalto).
Farret d’Astiès told Bloomberg: “We chose an altitude of 25 km because it is a dark void with 98% of the atmosphere below. Therefore, you can see the curvature of the Earth in the blue line. Although they are in the darkness of space, passengers still receive Earth’s gravity.”
These hot air balloons flying in the stratosphere are also known as “the most primitive spacecraft of the 21st centurybecause it only produces ɑ 26.6 kg of carbon dioxide.
Zephalto isn’t the only company sending passengers into space. Another company called Space Perspective also plans to send tourists into space to see the stars. The company uses a carbon-neutral spherical capsule design with a 360-degree view of 2024.
Passengers will be transported into the stratosphere at an altitude of 25 km.
Passengers will be transported into the stratosphere at an altitude of 25 km. (Photo: Courtesy of Zephalto).
Additionally, companies like Jeff Zezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic have sent passengers into space. Passengers who want to stay in space longer can stay overnight when Orbital Assembly’s Voyager station is set to launch in 2030.
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A French space company plans to send visitors to the stratosphere beyond Earth in a low-carbon hot air balloon.