Space tourism has been a hot topic for years, with passengers shelling out up to $20 million for a shot at getting out of Earth's atmosphere. You could end up saving a lot of money if you're willing to settle for near-space instead. World View Enterprises is planning to launch passenger balloons to more than 98,000 feet above the planet's surface.
Naturally, a regular hot air balloon won't work. World View's concept is to use a massive helium balloon carrying a capsule with up to eight passengers. Those passengers will travel in "shirt sleeves" (aka regular clothes) rather than require pressure suits.… Read more