Zero 2 Infinity - In A Helium-Powered Balloon?

By Meera Dolasia on August 31, 2011

Word Search

The space race for tourism has a new entrant - A Spanish company called Zero 2 Infinity. However, unlike Virgin Inc. and Space Adventures, it is not developing a high-tech fuel-burning space craft - just a simple eco-friendly helium balloon or bloon as it has been dubbed.

The bloon comprises of a gas-filled 423ft. wide and 316ft. tall sail that is attached to a passenger pod with a strong chain that also doubles up as the communication system and emergency-landing device, should the aircraft encounter any problems.

The passenger pod is a comfortable pressurized circular cabin that is fitted with windows all around, so that four guests and two pilots can enjoy a 360° view of the Earth from an altitude of 118,000 ft. (22 miles), or about three times the height scaled by commercial airplanes.

The Barcelona-based company estimates that it will take the bloon about an hour of peaceful gliding to get to the designated height. Once there, it will spend a few hours cruising at that altitude, allowing guests to enjoy the spectacular view and a scrumptious meal of their choice.

After that, begins the fun part. The bloon will start descending by gradually letting out the helium from its sail. Then, at a certain altitude, the pilots will completely jettison the sail and passengers will be given the option of experiencing different levels of gravity ranging from zero to lunar and even Martian, for a brief, but memorable 25 seconds, before a parasail takes control and gently guides the pod to its pre-designated landing spot. Eight airbags will be deployed from the bottom of the pod to ensure a 'soft' landing for its pampered passengers.

While the company is already taking reservations, the first flight is not scheduled for lift-off until 2013 at least, and could be as late as, 2015 - Which may give you some time to save up, since this four-hour excursion to the edge of the earth and back costs a whopping $158,000 USD per person! Zero 2 Infinity is also hoping that the bloons will be used for climate research. To book your ticket or just read more about this radical aircraft go to www.inbloon.com.

Resources: gizmag.com, inbloon.com

Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
172 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • nikukyu
    nikukyuThursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:29 am
    Wow! Looks so high-tech and futuristic! Maybe the people riding can catch a glimpse at Aliens! Oooooo
    • anmol
      anmolTuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm
      that is soooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • clemsongirl123
        clemsongirl123Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:29 am
        That is coooooool
        • JackSunday, November 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm
          AWESOME LIKE ME!
          • I am awesomeSunday, November 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm
            take me there! TAKE ME THERE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
            • lunamoonamare
              lunamoonamareSaturday, November 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm
              Wow!
              • wowFriday, May 31, 2013 at 9:59 am
                it is fun.
                • hvk3301
                  hvk3301Friday, June 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm
                  Wicked awesome don't u think.:)
                  • TT 619Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:05 am
                    How big is that ballone
                    • nive
                      niveTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm
                      it should be only 200 per person

                      Vocabulary

                      deployedencounterjettisonscrumptiousspectacular

                      Geography

                      Latest Comments

                      newsgirl23
                      newsgirl23 wrote:

                      Awww that's so cute ...love it ;D
                      Video Of The Week - New Yorkers ...

                      coolnicki477

                      For North America, we would be s...
                      December 21st Is Winter (Or Summ...

                      CandyGirl20000 wrote:

                      It's sad to know that we will ne...
                      Why The Purple Irises In Van Gog...

                      BILL DILL wrote:

                      I hate cocolate
                      A World Without Chocolate? Oh My!

                      ALA