Space balloon to take passengers up 100,000 feet

World View, a subsidiary of a company that makes parts for the ISS, has plans to float passengers up on leisurely trips to space as soon as 2016.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy  |  Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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(UPI) -- A space equipment manufacturer is helping tourists take a trip to space without all the years of training it takes to become an astronaut.

World View, a subsidiary of Paragon, which makes equipment for the International Space Station, is developing a "space-ready air balloon" that can transport tourists 30 km into the stratosphere.

While 30 km (about 100,000 feet) isn't high enough to feel weightless, nor even technically space, World View's capsule will definitely live up to its name.

Trips, which could start as soon as 2016, will cost $75,000 and will allow tourists to spend two hours floating high above the earth. A high-altitude balloon filled will helium will carry the four-ton, pressurized capsule up to optimum Earth-viewing height, and will later be piloted down to earth using a parafoil.

Check out the animated video giving a preview of what a trip up to space in the World View capsule would be like.

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