This company wants to make hot air balloon trips in space: what will they look like?

the space tourism it is already a reality. SpaceX and Blue Origin These are perhaps the two best-known companies in this regard, but not the only ones. More and more companies are joining the initiative to launch civilians into space for purely recreational. For this reason, in order to innovate in this aspect, it is already necessary to go through other means, such as taking a trip like sustainable possible. And that is precisely what they expect from perspective from spacea company designed to send tourists to the far reaches of space, with a minimal carbon footprint.

To do this, they will use Neptunea spaceship that will have the thrust of none rocket. And it is that, according to their website, it will be launched into space through the SpaceBalloonA huge renewable hydrogen balloon.

Although this is the first time this sustainable option has been used in space tourismIt’s not really anything new. The technology of SpaceBalloon has been used before by organizations such as the JAR for lifting telescopes and other heavy and sensitive instruments in space. Now it remains to be seen how well it will be done to take the lucky few who can afford the $125,000 the ticket costs without being in debt for the rest of your life.

The pollution behind space tourism

More than two decades have passed since Denis Titusthe first space tourist in history, traveled to international space station. It was a short but intense stay, which opened the season for others without astronaut training to be encouraged to see Earth from above.

Thus was born space tourism and with it a multitude of private projects with different objectives. some perform suborbital flights, taking its travelers to what is colloquially known as the far reaches of space. Others go further and, as in the case of Tito, fix their destiny on the international space station.

The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, who traveled to the International Space Station in 2001

Both have been very successful in their first outings, but that raises a question. It is clear that the space race represents a carbon footprint huge for the planet. Only the launching of the rockets which propel the ships causes the emission of a huge amount of polluting gases. However, it could be justified by its positive consequences at the scientific level. But is all this pollution worth it just for tourism?

It is a more than logical question which puts on the table a problem for which perspective from space looked for a solution. And it is that they are planning a sustainable space tourismslightly different, but also with advantages that its competitors do not have.

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