The Evening Standard

Start-up to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

June 30, 2020

A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth's surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet's atmosphere.

It’s reported the Florida-based start-up firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for the vehicle, called the Spaceship Neptune.

It’s understood the balloon rides will be manned by a flight crew taking eight passengers in a pressurized capsule suspended beneath a hydrogen balloon the size of a football stadium – at an estimated cost of $125,000 for a six-hour journey.