A woman plans to send passengers into space with a balloon

TITUSVILLE, Florida. – A local woman has her eyes fixed on the sky and she wants to take you with her.

Jane Poynter is the founder and co-CEO of Space Perspective.

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The company’s goal is to attach a space capsule to a massive balloon and take you 20 miles into the sky for an out-of-this-world experience.

“We use a huge ball that is literally the size of a football stadium. You can take a football stadium and spin it around once the ball is at full altitude,” says Poynter.

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Once you’re up, up and away, Poynter says you’ll be able to see the entire state of Florida, the Bahamas and beyond. And you will do it in style. She says once you’ve traveled two hours in the air, you can stroll around the capsule, champagne in hand, while using FaceTime or other services to share the experience with friends and family at ground.

Or better yet, share the experience with them in person. She says people are already buying group packages.

“A lot of these capsules are actually purchased as whole capsules by people wanting to go with their friends, family, co-workers,” Poynter said.

The whole project was inspired by the two years Poynter and his co-CEO spent living in a biosphere in the 1990s.

“It really set Taber and me on this path to get us all into space and have that quintessential astronaut experience,” Poynter said.

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This isn’t the first time she’s pushed the boundaries of space. Poynter said she’s started several businesses and reminds us, “You may remember the Red Bull Stratos space jump where Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule…we broke that record two years ago. later.

Now, if you’re interested in joining his next adventure, you can reserve a spot on his space mission for $125,000. She says she plans to accept paying guests as early as 2024.

Learn more about Poynter’s plan to get people into space, including more about the technology her team is using, details about what she says is a luxurious space experience, and when prices might drop on the last episode of Florida’s Fourth Estate.

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