World View Balloon Space Trip Is Almost Affordable

Want to go to space but don't have £154,000 to give to Richard Branson?

Well now a company will let you float 62 miles up for the bargain price of £46,259.

World View Enterprises, an offshoot of Paragon Space Development Corp, are offering to strap paying customers to a massive balloon and float them into near-space.

An artist's impression of what the capsule will look like

CEO Jane Poynter, said: "Seeing the Earth hanging in the ink-black void of space will help people realise our connection to our home planet and to the universe around us, and will surely offer a transformative experience to our customers."


The transport capsules would be propelled by a 40 million cubic-foot (1.1 million cubic-meter) helium balloon and a steerable parafoil, an inflatable wing-shaped parachute.

The journey will 90 minutes to two hours to reach 62 miles which is more than twice as high as a standard commercial jets flight.

The capsule is still under development but the safety requirements at the intended altitude are... worrying.

The Federal Aviation Administration said: "At Paragon's intended altitude, water and blood boil, and an unprotected person would rapidly experience fatal decompression," reports Reuters.

Best hope they get it right.