In the sixties it seemed that even in our time anyone will be able to fly into space. In reality, there are flying only a few – highly skilled professionals that have passed many years of training to do so. But in the near future to the near space, and ordinary people will be able to go. In particular, due to the project that called Bloon.
The most famous project for the development of near-Earth space space tourists – this is, of course, the project company Virgin Galactic, implying suborbital flights on SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. But there are a few other nations that are achievable or already implemented similar initiatives. For example, a project of the Russian space station for space travelers, a project of the orbital hotel Honeymoon space shuttle and design a balloon for space flights of the company Bloon Zero2infinity from Barcelona. So about last we will tell you today.
Project Bloon (from the word «balloon», balloon) involves flying to a height that is available today only for rockets and other spacecraft. Namely, the founders intend to create Bloon balloon that can rise to thirty-six miles. This, of course, is not space, but is very close to it. In practice, the level of sub-orbital flights.
Balloon used in the project Bloon, will carry the capsule, designed for four passengers and two pilots. At full height it will keep about three hours (compared with several minutes of Virgin Galactic), all the same flight would take five or six hours, depending on weather conditions.
Moreover, the rise this unusual aircraft will be in view of the balloon and descend – using the glider.
Company Zero2infinity already successfully tested a balloon which has risen to a height of 33 kilometers. The first manned flight in Bloon expected as early as 2012, the year, and the first flights carrying tourists to an altitude of 36 km – in 2015. The cost of the flight will be 110 thousand euros per person.