Our Explorer-class flights, which begin with Flight #21, cost $50,000 per seat. We’ve designed our space tourism experience to deliver maximum value for your investment. We’re dedicated to trying to make space tourism more accessible to more people.
Yes! We believe that for space tourism to be more affordable to more people, we need to offer financing for those who cannot (or do not want to) write a lump-sum check for their trip. So, we will be offering flexible financing options for those who would like to break up the cost of their ticket into more manageable monthly payments. If you are interested in financing, we will send more information shortly after you place your deposit.
Our pre-sales window is currently open, which allows you to secure your spot in line with a simple, $500 deposit. Do you want to be one of the first commercial participants or do you have a specific date you would like to fly? Make your deposit as soon as possible to get priority booking! As we get closer to commercial flights, we will begin releasing booking windows for those at the front of the line to choose the flight window(s) that work best for their schedules. Your $500 deposit will be credited toward your ticket purchase, which you will pay for in full at the time of booking, unless you are planning to finance your trip, which will have different payment terms. After you place your deposit and secure your spot in line, we will keep you updated with test flight and manufacturing updates, invite you to special VIP events and give you an inside look at our preparations for commercial flights.
We have designed our space tourism business around our belief that space tourism is about place and about time. When we talk about place, we want for our customers to fully immerse themselves in the environment where their flight will originate – and thus a World View experience is 5 days long. This 5-day experience provides an opportunity for customers to learn about the area, while taking tours and excursions. Just like any other space flight, launches have a somewhat fluid launch window to allow for any inclement weather. In stratospheric ballooning, we monitor weather conditions very closely before each launch. Our experience has taught us that within any given five-day window that the weather conditions will be favorable during at least one of those days. So, we ask that participants plan to spend 5 days at and around the spaceport to be ready when a launch window opens. But that does not mean you would be sitting around and waiting. We will encourage you to take advantage of a wide variety of excursions to explore the areas surrounding the spaceports. This will be a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the area you are about to view from above. For instance, if you are flying out of Spaceport Grand Canyon you might choose to hike to the rim or even to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, learn about local indigenous culture to better understand the generations who came before you in that place, and discover the local flora and fauna that make up the fragile ecosystem of the Grand Canyon. Then, when your launch window opens and you rise above the spaceport, you will have a richer and more meaningful trip as you better understand and appreciate the Grand Canyon from the edge of space.
The price you pay for your flight includes the flight to the stratosphere and VIP access to the entire spaceport experience. The spaceport will be the central hub for your trip and will include a variety of educational content about the surrounding area, access to the spaceport’s lounges, bars and restaurants and onsite activities to entertain you and your guests. For external excursions, we decided to keep those optional so that you can customize your trip to suit your interests. When you book your flight, we may offer a list of a la carte excursions that you can add to your booking, and your Spaceport Concierge will be able to help you book the excursions you would like to include on your trip.
Yes, you may book an entire flight (8 seats). If you would like to charter a full flight, please reach out to us at support[at]worldview[dot]space
Your reservation deposit secures your place in line and gets you VIP access to behind-the-scenes content, special events and mission updates. Therefore, it is a non-refundable deposit, unless otherwise noted. Your reservation deposit will be credited toward your final flight purchase when it is time to book your flight.
You will ascend from the spaceport early in the morning when the winds are calm. Then, when you reach apogee (the highest point in your flight), World View’s proprietary stratospheric navigation system will keep you hovering high above Earth, at over 100,000 feet, for 6-8 hours before slowly starting your descent. Once the atmosphere gets thicker on your gentle descent, the capsule will deploy our patented parafoil system and separate from the balloon. The parafoil system is navigated to steer the capsule to a pre-designated landing zone near the spaceport.
15 minutes after takeoff you will begin to see the curvature of Earth. The curvature will become more pronounced as you rise higher. After 2 hours, you will reach apogee at around 100,000 feet (the cruising altitude for your flight). You will remain at apogee for 3-5 hours before beginning your 60-minute descent back to Earth. Flights will take off before sunrise to allow World View participants to see a sunrise from a vantage point much like astronauts see!
Most World View flights will hover between 100,000 and 105,000 feet above Earth’s surface. Your horizon will stretch into the distance more than 1,000 miles in every direction. The precise height varies based on the departure spaceport. Flights closer to the equator will go a little higher than those farther from the equator.
At 100,000 feet you have a spectacular panoramic view of Earth’s surface. With this wide-angle view, you will clearly see the curvature of Earth and the “thin blue line” of Earth’s atmosphere. Also, because you will be higher than the thickest parts of the atmosphere, you will be enveloped in the darkness of space. Your horizon will stretch into the distance more than 1,000 miles in every direction.
Yes! At 100,000 feet you are above the thickest parts of the atmosphere, so when you look up, you will see the darkness of space–even during daylight hours. Before dawn, when Earth is dark, you will be able to look up and see stars. Once the Sun rises, the reflection of Earth will be bright and may make stargazing with the naked eye difficult. However, you will be able to use the on-board telescope (and accompanying stargazing app) to spot distant galaxies, star clusters and constellations. And since you do not have to look through the thick atmosphere like you do from your telescope at home, your views will be completely unobstructed and completely spectacular. Before your trip, you will receive a sky map for your flight window so you know what celestial bodies you can be on the lookout for during your flight.
No, you will not experience weightlessness–or more accurately, microgravity–on a World View flight. Some space tourism companies offer weightlessness on their flights, which is caused by the few minutes that the spacecraft is in free fall (it’s not related to your distance from Earth). On a World View flight, because you are under a controlled ascent and descent the entire time, there is no free fall of the capsule, which means that you will not experience weightlessness. If you would like to experience weightlessness in conjunction with your World View trip, World View has a partnership with Zero-G, the leader in microgravity experiences, for VIP discounts exclusive to World View participants.
You will land in a specified landing zone relatively near your departure spaceport and will then be transported back to the spaceport. Because your ascent and descent are vertical, there is minimal horizontal trajectory, which means you land near where you depart.
The parafoil landing system slows the capsule down to a gentle touch down on the ground. Additionally, due to the horizontal landing trajectory of the parafoil landing system (versus a vertical landing that happens under a parachute system), much of the impact force is displaced laterally away from the capsule. This allows the capsule to land very gently on a series of airbags that cushion any residual impact. Because of the gliding landing of the parafoil and airbag systems, it will feel very similar to landing on a commercial airplane (if not a little gentler).
The entire system is designed and tested to be incredibly safe. From the design of the spaceflight capsule to the helium-filled zero-pressure balloon flight system and the patented parafoil landing system, safety at every step is our primary objective. We have also designed several redundant safety measures if any of the primary safety measures malfunction during flight. For instance, if the parafoil system fails during landing, we also have a backup parachute system that would be deployed to gently slow and land the capsule.
No spacesuit is necessary for a World View flight. The capsule is pressurized, much like a commercial airplane cabin, meaning you can wear everyday street clothes during your flight.
Capsules have seating for 8 participants and 2 crew (a pilot and a concierge). Seating is maximized to allow for individual privacy and comfort, with reclining seats and elbow room between seats. There will also be ample room to stand and walk around the capsule to experience our planet and the sky from different vantage points.
You can bring any activities you can do on an airplane, and then some. Read, listen to music, meditate, reflect, write, draw, paint, knit, stargaze, communicate with friends and loved ones on Earth, and more. The sky is the limit! You can also bring small mementos onboard that will help you remember your time in space: a stuffed animal, a special coin, a keepsake photo, etc. NASA astronauts often bring little mementos to space that hold a special place in their hearts as a reminder of their trip once they come back to Earth.
None! Due to the gentle nature of the ascent and descent at normal gravity–and because there will be two crew members aboard each flight–no special training is required. The crew will perform a brief safety demonstration before liftoff, very similar to the safety demonstration you would receive before a commercial airplane flight. We will, however, provide familiarization briefings in advance of your flight to better understand your capsule and how to maximize the personal impact of your journey.
Generally, if you are healthy and able enough to fly on an airplane, you will meet the physiological and medical requirements of a World View flight. No medical or physical exam is required, but you should consult your physician or healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your physical or medical ability to participate.
Currently, World View flights are open to anyone at least 18 years old. Due to the risks involved with spaceflight, the FAA recommends that a space flight participant be at least 18 years old to participate in a launch or reentry, even if the participant has parental consent. This may change in the future as the space tourism industry matures and regulations are refined, but for right now, we must abide by those rules. Other governing bodies in other countries where we develop spaceports may have different age requirements for participants, and those regulations will be communicated as those spaceports come online.
Yes, you will enjoy a meal on the flight, as well as have access to a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout your flight for an elevated onboard experience.
There will be an onboard lavatory, so we have you covered.
The interior cabin will not only have the capacity to comfortably seat eight participants and two crew members, it will also have plenty of room to stand up and walk around the capsule during your flight to view different vantage points.
Yes, flights will be fully connected so you can connect with loved ones back on Earth and share the experience with them.
Yes, service animals are allowed on World View flights, so long as they meet the current guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
At this time, World View does not provide insurance coverage, but there may be third-party companies that provide insurance policies for spaceflight participants. As the space tourism industry matures, we expect that more companies will offer services catered to spaceflight participants.
A regular passport is all that is required to board at some spaceports in the very unlikely event that the capsule lands in a neighboring country. If you are an international participant traveling to a spaceport in another country, you would have used your passport to travel to the spaceport, so you just need to bring it onboard your spaceflight.
World View will conduct international background checks of all participants before flight, cross-checking against INTERPOL and international travel watch lists. We reserve the right to deny flight to any participant for any reason. In the event we deny a participant and cancel their ticket, World View will refund any dues paid at the time of denial.
Yes! Balloon physics are very predictable. Once we know the weight of the object we intend to lift and the altitude we intend to lift it to, we can calculate precisely how large a balloon–and precisely how much lifting gas–we will need to effectively lift our payload. And it is not just theoretical. We have already successfully lifted 5 large-mass test payloads in flights that would be comparable to our Explorer capsules to the stratosphere before, so we are confident in the balloon physics and our flight system.
For many years, World View flights have used high-altitude zero-pressure balloons, which means that the pressure inside the balloon is equal to the pressure outside the balloon. In the event of a puncture, leak or hole, the balloon would not “pop” and cause a sudden freefall. Instead, the outcome would be very benign: helium would slowly leak out of the balloon and the balloon and capsule would eventually start to slowly lose altitude. Even if there was a large tear in the balloon, it would take several hours for the balloon to slowly float to the ground. Additionally, because World View balloons are filled with helium, a safe, non-flammable gas, we eliminate the risk of explosion.
World View designs and manufactures zero-pressure balloons for its flights. Zero-pressure balloons are made of thin plastic film, called polyethylene, which is about the thickness of plastic sandwich wrap. Zero-pressure balloons are unique in the fact that they have escape ducts to normalize the pressure in the balloon. Additionally, the balloons have a valve at the top that can open and close to allow helium to leave the balloon. These openings allow gas to escape and prevent the pressure inside the balloon from building up during gas expansion as the balloon rises above Earth’s surface. As the balloon rises through Earth’s atmosphere, helium in the balloon expands and fills the balloon to a size that is big enough to fit an entire football stadium inside of it!
At launch, the balloon will stand 550 feet tall, with all the helium molecules condensed at the top of the balloon in an 80-feet-diameter bubble. At apogee, the balloon will expand to a diameter of 340 feet and an internal volume of 17,000,000 cubic feet.
On the ground, where the atmosphere is thickest, the helium molecules inside of the zero-pressure balloon remain condensed, occupying only a small portion of the balloon. As the balloon rises and the atmosphere gets thinner, the helium atoms expand to fill the rest of the balloon. At its highest point, when the helium has filled the entire balloon, the balloon is large enough to fit an entire football stadium inside.
No, you are not going to space, and you will not become an astronaut on a World View flight. The astronaut title is reserved for people who have exited Earth’s atmosphere and entered outer space. Recently, there has been debate as to where space “begins.” The reason for the debate is that once you get above the thickest parts of the atmosphere, entry into space is a very gradual one; there is not a sharp boundary of outer space. Depending on the governing body, space arbitrarily begins at anywhere from 50 miles above Earth’s surface to over 600 miles above Earth’s surface when you truly escape the thinnest parts of Earth’s atmosphere (for context, the International Space Station orbits at around 200 miles above Earth’s surface).
Because you are not orbiting Earth, the Earth will not rotate beneath you; you will see the same section of the planet during the duration of your flight. This allows you to fully experience and appreciate a fixed vantage point for an extended period, which is key to the profound impact of your flight. You will lift off from the spaceport before dawn, allowing you to see the sun slowly move across Earth. As you watch Earth move from night to day, you will see a clear line move across the surface of Earth. This is called the Terminator Line. This will be a dramatic experience that will only be fully appreciated from a fixed vantage point above Earth. When orbiting Earth in the ISS, astronauts have noted that they are moving so quickly across the surface of Earth that it is difficult to watch the Sunrise and set over a particular city and truly appreciate the majesty of the Terminator Line between Earth night and day sides.
Due to the high altitudes that World View achieves during flight, a World View capsule is technically considered a spacecraft by the Federal Aviation Administration. As such, World View flights are classified as space flights and must follow strict regulations and oversight by the FAA and other global governing bodies.
Generally, the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States considers any altitude above 60,000 feet as suborbital space. Any flight carrying humans above 60,000 for recreational purposes is classified as space tourism. While participants do not travel to space on a World View flight, there is still plenty of space to explore. Once you get above the thickest parts of the atmosphere and you experience the darkness of space, you can see and experience quite a bit of space! And, with hours at apogee, you can truly tour space and begin to appreciate the grandeur of our planet and our place in the cosmos. This is a stark contrast to other space tourism options that deliver an exhilarating up-and-down flight that does not give you much time to tour or experience space. So, while “space tourism” is technically the label applied to our flights by governing bodies, we believe that World View participants can truly experience what space is like on our flights.
We have been receiving many unique and creative application requests for our capsule flights. Whether it means attaching a research project to the capsule’s exterior or conducting a scientific study inside the capsule during flight, using a flight for educational purposes, hosting a political summit, creating art at the edge of space, and many more applications, we envision a future in which there will be numerous non-tourist applications on World View flights.