Space balloon ready to begin transporting people to stratosphere next year

  • EOS-X Space wants to launch space balloons into the stratosphere
  • It may begin operations by 2025
  • The company will launch the balloons from Seville and Abu Dhabi

Published on Jun 22, 2024 at 3:45 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on Jun 22, 2024 at 3:45 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Nalin Rawat

Believe it or not, space tourism will become a reality sooner than you have thought — and a Spanish company called EOS-X Space plans to launch its Spaceship capsules — or a space balloon, if you may — into space as early as next year.

The company appears to be ready with the space balloon flights, and it will launch the capsules from two places.

If everything goes according to plan, you could soon take a trip to space inside a tech-filled space capsule.

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EOS-X Space will launch space flights from two sites

The first running space flights will take off in 2025, which doesn’t seem too far away now.

The space exploration company will launch the first space balloon flights from its headquarters in Seville, Spain, and from Abu Dhabi, UAE.

EOS-X Space also claims it is spending more than $230 million on engineering and development to get the space balloon flying.

That’s certainly a lot of money, but it makes sense when planning an event like this in two countries simultaneously.

Moreover, you won’t have to worry about comfort in these capsules.

Each capsule gets comfy, ergonomic seats with panoramic windows to experience the views during the five-hour flight.

There will be several flight trials and validation testing before the space balloon is ready for commercial flights.

EOS-X Space CEO Kemel Kharbachi expects that these tests ‘will take place soon’ — likely before the official commencement.

Moreover, the company seems to be all set to embark on space tourism.

It has a finalized plan for the interior, where passengers will have a luxurious space to gaze upon the infinities of space.

If you visit their website, you will notice there’s a lot going on.

It has a 360-degree view of the interior of the space capsule with the ‘Cornfield Chase‘ music track by Hans Zimmer.

It’s the same music that you may have heard in the Interstellar movie.

While the space balloon doesn’t have to travel across a black hole, it will surely be a worthy experience.

Not the only space balloon in town

As unusual as it may sound, there are several other companies worldwide working on space tourism.

As a matter of fact, a few are working on a space balloon, among other things.

HALO Space’s Aurora space capsule also aims to take passengers to the stratosphere, 40,000 meters (or 25 miles) above the ground.

Another player is ‘Spaceship Neptune,’ which will serve the world’s most expensive meal on its space balloon.

But space tourism isn’t just limited to space capsules or balloons.

There are bigger ambitions, too.

For instance, Japan is planning to build a space elevator that could let you travel to space directly from Earth.

These plans certainly seem too good to be true, but competition paired with ambitious plans only bear good fruit.

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Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.