Arizona Company Plans to Offer Trips to Space for $75,000

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World View Enterprises, Inc.

A company based in Tucson announced today that it's going to be selling trips to space -- well, "nearspace."

World View Enterprises, whose CEO and chief technology officer are both former residents of the Biosphere 2 near Tucson, announced that it will offer rides in a capsule that is lifted by a balloon to around 100,000 feet above Earth.

A price for a ticket on the eight-person capsule is going to be $75,000, the company says, although it's still a couple years away from actually having these flights.

From the company's announcement:
The World View spaceflight experience will begin with a gentle ride in the comfort of a luxuriously appointed space-qualified capsule, lifted by a high altitude balloon to 30 km. There, passengers will remain aloft for approximately two hours before gliding back to Earth.

Passengers will be among the few to have seen the curvature of the Earth with their own eyes. They will be able to gaze at the astounding views, the blackness of space, the brilliance of stars and the thin veil of atmosphere enveloping our planet - scenes previously witnessed exclusively by astronauts - for $75,000.
The company released a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration that classifies the trips as commercial space flights, but whether the flights qualify as trips to "outer space" is a "difficult question" that the FAA doesn't answer, as there's apparently some disagreement over where space starts.

On its website, World View has a pretty cool video rendering of what the trip would look like.

Although there are a couple other companies that also offer people trips to space, the FAA letter describes how this one's different, since this capsule is designed to be kept at the high altitude for several hours.

Check out the FAA letter on the next page:

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eric.nelson745 topcommenter

The capsule should certainly have a head facility where passengers can learn how to go potty in space.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

Seriously, cool idea, I wish them the best of luck with this.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

For a moment when I saw this I thought it was a re-post of the article about Arpaio selling these... 

It would not surprise me if he and Ava tried that again

I wonder if we could get JAFfy up in one.... and have an airlock malfunction..

Hey Robert (JAFfy) want to be famous? We'll make you the first person to truly be in space!!! 

Flyer9753 topcommenter


lol - that's going to be an interesting learn for most

In JAFfy's case it would qualify as his first ever blow job

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ExpertShot  you rock!!!! this is the first sci-fi movie i remember seeing..................not a fan of Hanoi Jane, but goddam was she easy on the eyes.   a movie so lousy, you had to love it

Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @ExpertShot 

Hanoi Jane?? ROFL!!!

Interesting how she still has that bullshit moniker even though the truth is that we (the US) started that war over a bullshit propaganda lie by the US Govt... hmm.. maybe Jane Fonda was right after all...

ExpertShot topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy Well, now you know, Jane Fonda was RIGHT to oppose the US unilateral, vicscious and unprovoked military action against the people of Vietnam and your dad was wrong - "58,000 for nothing" is exactly what it was, SPOT ON!

Read the friggin Pentagon Papers and get a clue.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @danzigsdaddy @ExpertShot Yes. I recall listening to a taped conversation between LBJ and Sen. Richard Russell of GA. Russell told LBJ that there was no way the U.S. could win the Vietnam war, whereupon LBJ replied, "Yes, and it's a terrible thing." 58,000 casualties for nothing.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 i just never liked her politics, but she always was and always will be "Hanoi Jane" to me because that is the name she was always called by my father (her name was never uttered without "hanoi" affixed to the front in our house or in front of my father............he was adamant about it)  till i got older, i actually thought that was part of her name

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