In 2019 Jane Poynter founded Space Perspective with her husband Taber MacCallum. Taber MacCallum, he is the current president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and co-founder and chief technology officer of Space Perspective, a manned spaceflight company that plans to take people and payloads to the edge of space by balloon. Jane Poynter is an American aerospace executive, author and speaker. She is founder, co-CEO and CXO of Space Perspective, a luxury space travel company.
It has a volume of 18,000,000 cubic feet when fully expanded. This means that if a football stadium could fly, it could float inside a fully inflated SpaceBalloon™. When the Neptune spacecraft is ready for launch, the SpaceBalloon™ is over 700 feet tall.
The entire spacecraft is reused many times, except for the material the SpaceBalloon is made of. At the end of the flight, our team recovers the SpaceBalloon and recycles it. We are also recycling some of the material. For example, the bar top inside the capsule is made from recycled SpaceBalloon.
Weightlessness (also known as zero gravity) is the result of free fall. People experience it in orbit because the spacecraft is going 17,500 mph and is literally falling around the planet - the velocity counteracts gravity. On Neptune you go into space at 12 mph, so you don't experience weightlessness.
No special training is required, making this the most accessible spaceflight experience available. You will be asked to participate in a pre-flight programe to help you fully immerse yourself in the experience. These programes will cover everything from a full safety briefing, to a tour of the Neptune spacecraft, to an overview of what will happen outside the capsule during ascent and descent.
Instead of accelerating into space with high-energy rockets that fight gravity, the SpaceBalloon Neptune uses gravity through buoyancy. The gas inside the SpaceBalloon is lighter than the surrounding air, so it literally lifts the balloon and capsule to equilibrium above 99% of the Earth's atmosphere, where it floats, like an ice cube floating on water. To descend, the spacecraft releases a tiny amount of gas that turns into water, making the vehicle technically near-zero emissions.
We are continuously working to reduce our overall carbon footprint. Our operations continue to produce carbon emissions, which we offset through projects that remove our CO2 from the atmosphere for us. We offset our 2021 carbon emissions with Cool Effects. We also carefully choose suppliers who continually strive to be sustainable. For example, our swag, products from.