Tourist space travel is no longer a novelty. What’s more, you now have the option to choose which mode of transportation you will use, depending on how much money you have, and and how many kilometers you will go. You can choose Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two, about which we already wrote, or you can opt for something cheaper, but no lesser quality Zero2infinity Balloon.
As promised by Spanish entrepreneur José Mariano López-Urdiales, the founder of Zero2infinity, for the price of €110,000 ($156,000), the passengers will be taken to a distance of 36 km with a view to die for that will last for a few hours instead of just a couple of minutes. The passengers will be offered five to six hours in space with two hours at cruise altitude with the blackness of space above them and the curvature of the earth below.
The question is whether you want to wait for this space trip in balloon, knowing that the company hopes to perform their first human test flight in 2012 and expects to be carrying human passengers up to 36 km high by 2015. Unlike zero2infinity – a space travel concept, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two experience will cost you $200,000 for the 100 km ride into space, and they already had a test flight in May this year. The company said it has taken about 410 reservations for a ride. [Bloon]