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.
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.
A more durable option for reaching space
SpaceBalloon technology does not launch ships into space, but rather lifts them slowly, at approximately 12 miles per hour (20km/h)until you reach its edge. This, in fact, has positive connotations, not only because it offers a more sustainable scenario, but also because improve views of space tourists.
For this reason, Neptune has bigger windows than those of any other ship intended for space tourism. Its interior also boasts a host of amenities, from super-comfortable seating to lighting and music that can be tailored to individual travellers’ tastes. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to have a quiet cocktail as they watch our planet recede in a six-hour ascent.
ticket fees $125,000, with a $1,000 refundable seat reservation. It is possible to book the entire ship, so the trip can be made up of families or groups of friends.
There is no date yet for the first voyage of this sustainable space tourism business, although it is already open for reservations. As stated on the web, once the explorers have made their reservation, they will receive all the relevant information about their trip and of course they will be informed of the date well in advance so that they can prepare to see the world from a completely different point of view.