A US company is hoping to launch passengers into Earth’s stratosphere in an enormous helium balloon that expands to a size larger than a football pitch to lift-off.
The balloon will soar to about 30,480 metres, carrying a large passenger capsule to offer people striking views of the planet’s curvature and delicate atmosphere.
Currently being developed by World View Enterprises, a company in Arizona, a ticket costs $50,000 — more than half the price stratospheric balloon company Space Perspective is charging for a seat — and monthly payment plans are accepted.
The World View flights are expected to begin in 2024 and will take-off from the sites close to some of the Wonders of the World, including the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
Dale Hipsh, president of tourism and exploration at the company, said the experience was…