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Space Perspective to Fly People and Payloads to the Edge of Space

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
June 18, 2020
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View of the capsule at altitude. (Credit: Space Perspective)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Space Perspective PR) – Space Perspective today announced its plans to fly passengers and research payloads to the edge of space with its Spaceship Neptune, a high-performance balloon and pressurized capsule.

The human space flight company plans to launch from the iconic Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, with the first un-crewed test flight scheduled in early 2021 that will include a suite of research payloads.

“We’re committed to fundamentally changing the way  people have access to space – both to perform much-needed research to benefit life on Earth and to affect how we view and connect with our planet,” said Space Perspective Founder and Co-CEO Jane Poynter. “Today, it is more crucial than ever to see Earth as a planet, a spaceship for all humanity and our global biosphere.”

The company has completed extensive international market research and a new design built on 50+ years of proven technology.  Spaceship Neptune was developed from the ground up for maximum safety, accessibility,  near zero-emissions and routine operations around the world.  The balloon measures the length of a football stadium and the pressurized capsule is comfortable and spacious.

Flown by a pilot, Neptune takes up to eight passengers called “Explorers” on a six-hour journey to the edge of space and safely back, where only 20 people have been before. It will carry people and research payloads on a two-hour gentle ascent above 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere to 100,000 feet, where it cruises above the Earth for up to two hours allowing passengers to share their experience via social media and with their fellow Explorers. Neptune then makes a two-hour descent under the balloon and splashes down, where a ship retrieves the passengers, the capsule, and the balloon. Neptune’s commercial human spaceflight launches are regulated by the FAA Office of Commercial Spaceflight.

“Following the return of human spaceflight from U.S. soil just a few weeks ago, people have never been more excited about space travel,” said Founder and Co-CEO Taber MacCallum. “Few endeavors are more meaningful than enabling people to experience the inspiring perspective of our home planet in space for the betterment of all, and that’s what we are accomplishing with Space Perspective.”

Opening the first research and education laboratory at the edge of space

Science and education are also core to Space Perspective’s mission, and the company is working with researchers, educators and students from academic institutions and organizations. Payloads are already being manifested to fly on the first test flight in 2021. Neptune is suited for research areas of interest including:

  • Atmospheric science that could shed light on Earth’s climate and air systems
  • Astro- and solar-physics to illuminate understanding of the universe
  • Astrobiology to explore the limits of life on the planet and beyond

Space for Humanity, a nonprofit, has chosen Space Perspective as a preferred partner for their Citizen Astronaut Program and scientific research.

“Space for Humanity is cultivating a movement to expand access to space for all of humanity, and this partnership represents a big leap in making that happen,“ said Dylan Taylor, Founder of Space for Humanity and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings. “We are excited about the possibilities this partnership opens up for us, and what it means for all the participants that will be able to view our home planet from the edge of space.”

Homebase at KSC

Space Perspective has signed a lease agreement with Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, to locate its first Operations Center at the Midline Building at the Launch and Landing Facility (LLF), formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). Space Florida currently operates and manages the LLF and accompanying facilities under a 30-year property agreement with NASA.

“Space Perspective is bringing a fundamentally new capability to the Cape, which will enhance the offering we have in Florida for space-related research and tourism,” said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. “Its presence here in Florida creates not just job and supply chain opportunities, but opportunities for civilian astronauts to experience this planet Earth from the Edge of Space, a privilege previously available to only a few. Its selection of our state marks a new era of spaceflight for Florida!”

Space Perspective and NASA have entered into a Space Act Agreement under which NASA may provide uniquely capable services available at KSC to Space Perspective on a reimbursable basis.

In addition to launching from KSC, Space Perspective will launch from Cecil Spaceport in Florida, and is planning to have future launch sites around the world, including Alaska, Hawaii and several international spaceports.

Leadership with decades of high-performance balloon experience

Our leadership and crew members have led, developed or operated all human balloon flights to the edge of space in the past 50 years. The serial entrepreneurs Poynter and MacCallum co-founded World View Enterprises with its innovative balloon-based Stratollite for remote sensing, and Paragon Space Development Corporation, a human spaceflight technology firm. They were also part of the team that designed the air, food and water systems for Biosphere 2 in the early 90s and were on the first two-year mission inside. MacCallum is Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and was chief technology and safety officer for StratEx, a project that launched Google Executive Alan Eustace to 136,000 feet under a balloon and returning him safely under parachute to earth, breaking the Stratos Spacedive record in 2014. Eustace is a Space Perspective board member. Kirby Harris with Base Ventures, a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm and Space Perspective lead investor, also serves on the board. NASA Astronaut Jeff Hoffman will serve as senior technical advisor. 

To learn more about Space Perspective, visit

About Space Perspective

Space Perspective is a human space flight company committed to fundamentally changing people’s view and perception of Earth. Using a high-performance balloon and pressurized capsule technology that gently travels to and from the edge of space over a six-hour period, the spacecraft offers opportunities for groundbreaking research and life-changing travel experiences for world explorers. Space Perspective is led by a team of professionals that have developed or operated all human balloon flights to the edge of space in the last 50 years. For more information, visit Follow Space Perspective on social media for updates, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook  and YouTube.

7 responses to “Space Perspective to Fly People and Payloads to the Edge of Space”

  1. ThomasLMatula says:

    So they are going to launch “explorers” in balloons over the infamous “Bermuda Triangle” which is known for unpredictable bad weather causing the loss of numerous planes over the years. What could go wrong??

    Also recovery at sea will be interesting, good thing the U.S. Coast Guard has lots
    of assets in the area…

    I really wonder what they have against New Mexico where they have been successfully launching high altitude balloons, crew and without crew, since the 1940’s…

    • Wishyouwerehere says:

      What’s all the fuss with the so-called “Bermuda Triangle”? That region is known to suffer rapidly changing weather patterns during hurricane seasons, electromagnetic disturbances effecting electrical devices and compasses, and other meteorological phenomena inimical to navigation by inexperienced sailors. In fact, statistically speaking, there is absolutely nothing unusual about the number of… Hang on, what’s that mist coming across the yard towards the house? kinda glowing and now it’s rolling in under the door… I better check it out, back in a mo….

    • Saturn1300 says:

      They want to come down in the ocean. No buildings to hit. Winds are mostly W to E. Recovering the balloon will be interesting.

    • Emmet Ford says:

      If you launch from New Mexico, you get an incredible view of… New Mexico. “Mommy, why is the blue planet so brown?”

      “Look, honey, you can just make out California in the distance. See the flames peeking out through the plumes of smoke?”

      “Mommy, is Earth a hellscape?”

      They’ll call it the Underview Effect.

  2. BeanCounterFromDownUnder says:

    Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see actual hardware being tested.

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