The Overview Effect

After viewing our planet from space, many astronauts have experienced overwhelming feelings of awe, transcendence and connection with humanity as a whole. It is called the Overview Effect. Every detail of our stratospheric spaceflight is designed to share this transformational experience – and a deeper bond to the beautiful place we call home.

Your Flight Plan

From takeoff to touchdown, we’ve designed our 6-12 hour stratospheric journeys to give you the ultimate in time, space and comfort to completely immerse yourself in the wonder of it all.
  • Projected liftoff before dawn

  • Ascend slowly for 2 hours

  • Reach peak altitude (~100,000 ft) to see curvature of
    Earth and stars against the blackness of space

  • Descend gradually for 1 hour

  • Parafoil deploys to guide capsule to landing zone

  • Landing systems deploy for safe, gentle touchdown

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World Map
  • Grand Canyon, USA
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Serengeti, Kenya
  • Aurora Borealis, Norway
  • Amazonia, Brazil
  • Giza Pyramids, Egypt
  • Great Wall of China, Mongolia

Global Spaceport Locations

  • Launching 2024
    Grand Canyon, USA

    Experience this geological wonder like never before – from below the rim to 100,000 feet above it. Watch the sunrise over Earth’s curvature then gently descend feeling totally transformed.

  • Launching 2024
    Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    This deep dive experience goes from underwater to the edge of space, leaving you feeling more connected than ever to the abundant beauty of our oceans.

  • Launching 2025
    Serengeti, Kenya

    Tour one of the seven world wonders and witness lions, zebras and countless others in their natural habitat. Then spend hours enjoying stratospheric views of this amazing ecosystem.

  • Launching 2026
    Aurora Borealis, Norway

    Experience the Northern Lights as only a fortunate few have before. From the beauty of Norway to the brilliant light show at the edge of space, this is a journey you’ll never forget.

  • Launching 2026
    Amazonia, Brazil

    Spend 5 days experiencing the biodiversity of the world’s largest rainforest with local guides, then float up to take in its grandeur and fragility from the upper stratosphere.

  • Launching 2026
    Giza Pyramids, Egypt

    Witness these ancient architectural marvels before ascending to the stratosphere to gaze at Africa in awe (and luxurious comfort).

  • Launching 2026
    Great Wall of China, Mongolia

    An ancient, human-made wonder meets the latest in space travel. Immerse yourself in the local culture and watch the Great Wall turn to a tiny sliver as you ascend to amazing heights.

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Onboard Amenities

We’re outfitting the World View Explorer capsule with luxurious amenities and interactive tech features so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience. The best part? You’re free to relax and move about our spacious cabin for most of the flight to soak in every amazing sight.
  • Pressurized, climate controlled cabin
  • Spacious cabin with ample room for 8 participants and 2 crew
  • Plush, fully reclining seating for eight
  • Oversized windows for spectacular 360º viewing
  • Luxe in-flight dining and bar service
  • Earth View camera
  • Star View telescope
  • Individual viewing screens
  • High-speed data connection
  • On-board lavatory

Your Adventure to the Edge-of-Space Awaits

The price of the spaceflight and in-flight food and beverage is $50,000 per seat, with flexible and attractive financing available soon. Due to high demand, flights for 2024 and 2025 are filling up quickly. Secure your place in line today with just a $500 deposit per seat. When booking your flight window, we will provide additional options for travel, lodging, and food/beverage along with the optional excursions and activities available at your Spaceport.
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Space Tourism Experience FAQs

  • How much does a World View trip to the stratosphere cost? 

    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.  

  • Will I be able to finance my trip? 

    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.  

  • How does the reservation process work? 

    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. 

  • What do you mean by “flight window”? 

    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. 

  • Are the excursions included in the ticket price?

    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. 

  • Can I reserve an entire flight? 

    Yes, you may book an entire flight (8 seats). If you would like to charter a full flight, please reach out to us at concierge[at]worldview[dot]space 

  • Is my reservation deposit refundable?  

    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. 

  • How does the launch and landing work? 

    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.

  • What will I see at different times of the trip?  

    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 6-8 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! 

  • How high above Earth will I get? 

    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. 

  • What will I be able to see when I get to the highest point in the flight? 

    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.  

  • Will I see stars? 

    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.  

  • Will I experience weightlessness? 

    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.  

  • How many people will be on my 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. 

  • What activities and mementos can I bring with me on my flight? 

    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. 

  • What are the physiological and medical requirements to fly? 

    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.

  • Are there any age restrictions? 

    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. 

  • Will there be food and beverage on the flight?  

    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. 

  • What if I must go to the bathroom? 

    There will be an onboard lavatory, so we have you covered. 

  • How large is the capsule? 

    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.  

  • Will I be able to communicate with my loved ones on the ground? 

    Yes, flights will be fully connected so you can connect with loved ones back on Earth and share the experience with them. 

  • Why is a World View flight considered a space flight by the FAA when the capsule does not go to space? 

    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.  

  • Why is this considered space tourism when I will not be going to space? 

    If you want to explore space, we will be putting you in a position to experience space. 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! At 100,000 feet, you'll be above 99% of the atmosphere. You'll spend several hours at apogee, where 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. 

  • What kinds of non-tourist applications are possible on World View 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.  

  • Are service animals allowed? 

    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.  

  • Do I need a special space passport to fly?

    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. 

  • Does World View provide any spaceflight insurance for participants? 

    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.

  • Can someone go on a World View flight if they are on a watch list or no-fly list? 

    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. 

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