Space travel may no longer be a bumpy journey
Space travel is becoming increasingly possible for many. While the opportunity to travel to space historically depended on wealth, technology is creating opportunities for cheaper space travel.
NASA is hoping to make trips to the moon through the Artemis project while Space X and BlueOrigin are reducing the cost of space travel with reusable rockets. The space tourism market is expected to be worth US$8.67 billion by 2030, with the primary source markets being the U.S., Japan, China, India, the U.K., Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, France, and Australia.
The journey to space is often uncomfortable, as travellers are strapped in with little room for movement from lift off until they reach space. However, one company is now working on making space travel a more luxurious experience.
Space Perspective, the world’s only carbon-neutral luxury spaceflight experience company has unveiled MS Voyager – the first Marine Spaceport for human spaceflight in a planned fleet of this new class of spaceports globally. Spaceports are sites for launching and receiving spacecraft.
With the capacity to launch from marine-based sites around the world, in addition to launching from land on Florida’s Space Coast, Space Perspective becomes the first global space travel experience company, offering safe and sustainable journeys to the edge of space.
“Space Perspective will change your relationship with our planet by providing the quintessential astronaut experience of viewing Earth from the blackness of space,” said Jane Poynter, Space Perspective’s Founder and Co-CEO. “It’s imperative for us to think about our business with a global mindset. Removing geographic borders for launch and landing accelerates our mission of making this transformative experience more accessible to the world and international marketplace – safely, reliably, and with minimal impact on our planet.”
Plans are underway to integrate marine-based launches into marquee global events, and conversations are active with several potential destinations across the globe to offer customers, referred to as Explorers, an awe-inspiring view of some of the world’s most iconic geography.
“We always imagined offering the opportunity to view the most incredible natural phenomena from space, including the Northern Lights, the boot of Italy, the sheer scale of the Nile Delta, and the deep blue seas around the Bahamas. Marine Spaceports like MS Voyager make this a reality,” said Poynter.
Marine Spaceports create ideal launch conditions in two ways: by navigating to areas of good weather, which allows for year-round operations within a region, and by moving with the sea breeze, so there is virtually no wind across the deck. This enables more frequent launch opportunities, as well as more options for the time of day, including sunrise and sunset nighttime stargazing flights for Explorers.
“This is another important milestone and a proud moment for the Space Perspective crew both in terms of pioneering engineering and the ability to scale our offer quickly, globally. We are grateful to our extended crew of dynamic, best-in-class operational partners,” said Space Perspective’s Founder, Co-CEO, and CTO Taber MacCallum.
Acquired from one of the world’s premier shipbuilders, Edison Chouest Offshore, MS Voyager’s marine operations will be supported by Guice Offshore. The 292-foot-long vessel, which will call Port Canaveral it is home, is now being outfitted for launch, retrieval, and SpaceBalloon™ operations at Conrad Shipyard — preparations for which were provided by Gulf Ship. In keeping with Space Perspective’s environmentally conscious ethos, offsets will be provided by Cool Effects, and the vessel itself is being retrofitted to use biofuel to reduce its carbon footprint.
When it’s time to come back to Earth at the end of the journey in Spaceship Neptune’s pressurized capsule, a patent-pending splash cone at its base provides a smooth and gentle water landing. Fast boats from Fluid Watercraft will then arrive to stabilize the capsule, which will be lifted onto the Marine Spaceport by a custom-built A-frame provided by Supreme Integrated Technologies.
Communications throughout the operation – between land, sea, and capsule – will be provided by Silvus Technologies. From early Apollo to SpaceX missions, water landings have been a safe and trusted way to return to Earth, and Space Perspective’s team includes former SpaceX and NASA launch and retrieval experts.
MS Voyager will begin operations in the New Year, aligned with Space Perspective’s planned test flights that commence in early 2023 with over 1,000 tickets to date.
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