Feb 26, 2023

Want to see the Earth from a stratosphere balloon? This startup says it will happen

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“It’s safe, economical and gentle for people,” Iwaya told reporters. “The idea is to make space tourism for everyone.” He said he wants to “democratize space.”

The company, Iwaya Giken, based in Sapporo in northern Japan, has been working on the project since 2012 and says it has developed an airtight two-seat cabin and a balloon capable of rising up to an altitude of 25 kilometers (15 miles), where the curve of the Earth can be clearly viewed. While passengers won’t be in outer space—the balloon only goes up to roughly the middle of the stratosphere—they’ll be higher than a jet plane flies and have an unobstructed view of outer space.

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