Near space travel, anyone? Mumbai-based company is building a balloon-powered space capsule for tourists

Kalpana Chawla, Rakesh Sharma, Sunita Williams have all made us dream of space travel. After Elon Musk’s SpaceX, an Indian space technology company Space Aura Aerospace Technology Pvt Ltd has started building a 10 x 8 foot space capsule. This capsule will accommodate six tourists and a pilot. However, this capsule will be within a radius of 35 kilometers above the Earth. The company’s official website indicates that the launch of the spaceflight will take place in the summer of 2025.

Space capsule: how did it all start?

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In a science exhibition called “Akash Tatva” in Dehradun, a prototype space capsule “SKAP1” was exhibited. It certainly got a great response from scientists. Space Aura Founder and CEO Akash Porwal has confirmed the start of spaceflight in 2025. He further said that the launch location for the capsule is pending. However, they are busy working with scientists from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research).

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Porwal described the design of the space capsule and its vital information systems and all the modern facilities that are equipped with them. This capsule will be 30 to 35 kilometers above sea level with a balloon filled with helium or hydrogen gas for tourists to see the curvature of the Earth. This balloon will help the capsule get moving. To lower the space capsule, the balloon will deflate and a parachute will be unpacked. The balloon will be detached and the tourist will be safely lowered.


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Vision of space tourism

Porwal was pretty clear about the goals of this space travel. Its prime objective is to attract space tourists and introduce space tourism and Indian culture. The price of flights is low compared to other companies. Although not yet decided, the cost is supposed to be around 50 lakhs.

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