Visit the edge of space in a capsule powered by a helium balloon

Talk about taking balloon rides to the next level. This concept capsule could eventually take a crew of eight people to a height of 98,425 feet (30 km). From there, passengers would be able to see the curvature of the Earth — and even the blackness of space.

Conceived by the Paragon Space Development Corporation and visualized by priestmangoode, the luxurious capsule was inspired by high-end aircraft interiors.

Visit the edge of space in a capsule powered by a helium balloon

At a cost of $75,000 per ticket, the ascent will take around 2.5 hours, followed by two to six hours of near-space bliss. The descent will take about 20 to 40 minutes.

Visit the edge of space in a capsule powered by a helium balloon

Visit the edge of space in a capsule powered by a helium balloon

Yanko Design reports:

The capsule's sturdy form was designed to enhance passenger safety. The key design features are the large panoramic windows constructed from an array of small high pressure units...'It was crucial to find a way to maximise the viewing windows. In our initial design meetings with the World View team, they talked about wanting to start the journey before dawn, so that as passengers rose up to space, they would be able to observe the sunrise, the curvature of the Earth, the thin blue atmosphere and the blackness of space. The windows we designed offer the maximum amount of viewing space for passengers, whilst meeting stringent safety requirements. There is also a cupola viewing dome for unrestricted view of the Earth's curvature."

[ via Yanko Design ]