A Spanish startup plans to carry tourists to space in balloons by 2023 - Business Insider

A Spanish startup plans to carry tourists to space in balloons by 2023 - Business Insider

• Spanish startup EOS-X Space wants to take 10,000 people to the edge of space within the next 10 years. • The journeys will be in pressurized capsules, propelled by a balloon that will rise to an altitude of up to 40 kilometers, or nearly 25 miles. • Space tourists won't need any suits or physical preparation for the trip. • The price for a ticket is between $150,000 and $200,000 per person, with the first commercial flight set to take place in 2023. From Virgin Galactic to Blue Origin and SpaceX, a number of aerospace businesses want to break into space tourism. But British and American companies aren't the only ones on the scene. EOS-X Space, a Spanish startup, wants to take 10,000 people to the frontier of space within the next 10 years. With EOS-X Space, the journeys won't be in rockets or ultrasonic planes. They'll instead take place in a pressurized capsule propelled by a balloon that will rise to an altitude of up to 40 kilometers, or nearly 25 miles. This means space tourists won't have to wear a suit for the duration of the trip, nor will they have to do any physical preparation. Depending on the weather, each trip is set to last four or five hours. "Companies like Blue Origin, Space X, and Virgin Galactic are offering high-altitude flights that only last a few minutes," EOS-X Space founder Kemel Kharbachi told Spanish outlet Europa Press. "We'll be allowing passengers to see the ...
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