SPACESHIP SMACKDOWN: Space Balloon vs. Richard Branson's Virgin SpaceShipTwo
(Photo: AP/Virgin Galactic)
Soon, the very daring — and the very rich — may have their choice between carriers for a round-trip to the final frontier: Space.
On Tuesday, Arizona-based World View Enterprises announced it had completed a successful test flight of a high-altitude balloon capsule it hopes to use to ferry passengers into space (the balloon is similar to the one Felix Baumgartner jumped out of in his record-breaking sky dive). World View hopes to use its “Voyager” capsule to begin 6-passenger trips into space starting in 2016 — for the bargain-basement price of $75,000.
World View says it has completed a successful test of its space tourism balloon. (Photo: AP)
That’s a lot cheaper than another, better-known space ferry service also being tested. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo — which, unlike the Voyager balloon capsule, is an honest-to-gosh spaceship — will actually take 6 passengers higher above the earth for a much higher price: $250,000.
Richard Branson wants to ferry passengers to space aboard his own Virgin Galactic (Source: AP)
This presents a dilemma for the well-heeled, wannabe astronaut deciding which spaceflight to take: balloon vs. spaceship? Relaxing balloon ride vs. hold-on-to-your-hats spaceflight? And, most importantly, $75,000 vs. $250,000. Yahoo! Travel examines the two carriers to see which one you should boldly go on.