World View Unveils its Balloon Spacecraft for Passenger Flights

World View, a space tourism company, unveiled a balloon spacecraft designed by PriestmanGoode. The capsule will fly passengers to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere using a giant balloon.

The first passenger flights are set to begin in 2024.

Prospective passengers have already begun booking their slots and making deposit payments for the commercial spaceflight.

The balloon spacecraft is designed to be lifted by a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon. It will rise 30,000 meters above the ground to allow passengers to see the Earth’s curvature.

Passengers will also view the thin blue line of the atmosphere and the darkness of the surrounding outer space.

The space pod is shaped like a hexagon. It offers enough space for eight passengers and two crew members in a climate-controlled, pressurized environment.