Monday, November 26, 2012
Zero 2 Infinity Tests NearSpace Balloon
A successful balloon flight test by Zero 2 Infinity on Nov. 12, 2012 could pave the way for a cheaper form of space tourism.
The "bloon," as the company calls it, would carry a pressurized pod for two pilots and four passengers as high as 22 miles (36 kilometers) up. That "near-space" experience would be well below the 62-mile (100-kilometer) altitude considered the edge of space but still high enough for passengers to see the Earth's curved horizon, the thin blue atmosphere, and black space, even in daylight.