Inside the World View space tourism capsule for stratospheric cruises
Stratospheric exploration company World View has revealed footage from inside its passenger capsule which takes people to the edge of space while attached to a giant balloon. Champagne will also be served. Reporting by Jenny Southan
Ahead of World View spaceflight liftoff in 2024, the company has built a full-scale prototype of its innovative spacecraft capsule, which will silently soar into the heavens suspended beneath a massive silver balloon.
The exterior of the World Vision The space capsule is shaped like a faceted hexagon with softened edges and a pearl white finish, which provides thermal management properties but also enhances geometric detail and curves.
The capsule also sports large elliptical windows measuring approximately 6.5 feet wide x 4.5 feet high, framing impressive views of the curvature of the Earth and its natural wonders. When the seats are in the reclined position, the sky window above the capsule gives passengers an exciting line of sight to the balloon that lifts them and constellations as they reach float altitude.
The central ceiling strip also includes an ambient light that changes depending on the stage in flight to provide optimal viewing through the capsule’s windows.The unit is air-conditioned and pressurized with a fully designed interior to maximize space, allowing spaceflight participants to move freely and comfortably within the capsule.
The color palette, materials and finishes create a calm environment, with clean lines, soft tones and clever concealment of functional elements – such as the toilet and kitchen entrances – so that the accent remains put on the views and the breathtaking views outside. Ryan Hartman, President and CEO of World View, said, “The unveiling of our prototype space capsule is a pivotal moment for the company as we continue to prepare for our first launch from the Grand Canyon in just two years. .
“We are thrilled to partner with leaders in aerospace design and engineering to bring our vision to life and ensure spaceflight participants have a truly transformative experience.” In line with World View’s commitment to sustainability, care is taken to ensure materials are sourced from sustainable suppliers wherever possible and options for reuse or recycling are thoroughly explored.
Luxurious, ergonomic seats for eight passengers are configured in pairs, with an additional pair reserved for crew members. Amenities including a cocktail table, Graphical User Interface (GUI) screen (providing educational materials and engaging activities), center console, personal storage and cup holder, are at the fingertips of spaceflight participants to ensure that no moment of the journey is missed.Each capsule is equipped with a built-in telescope to maximize viewing throughout the voyage. Spaceflight participants will also enjoy personalized dining options and premium beverages throughout their flight and each capsule will be equipped with streaming and mobile communication capabilities to stay in touch with loved ones on Earth.The projected takeoff is scheduled before dawn, giving participants a front row seat for sunrise on most flights. Along the journey, passengers will experience the curvature of the Earth, the thin blue line of the atmosphere, the vast darkness of space and the constellations.
Without the typical turbulence encountered during an airplane flight, spaceflight participants will be able to stand and move around the craft shortly after launch. The crew on board, including a pilot and a concierge, serve as both ground and space guides, trained in flight operations, hospitality and medical support.World View’s space tourism program begins launching commercial flights in 2024 with trips departing from natural and man-made wonders such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.
The flights will carry passengers in a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon and pressurized space capsule to 100,000 feet, nearly 23 miles above Earth, for an unparalleled experience that will last six to eight hours.
Participants will discover and fully immerse themselves in the beauty, fragility, history and importance of the areas surrounding each location and of the Earth itself.