World View Enterprises offers an alternative to Virgin Galactic space flights.

World View Enterprises is a company that might not be able to take you into outer-space, but they can get you at least halfway there. While Virgin Galactic might be pioneering space tourism, World View Enterprises are pioneering near-space tourism. Their hot air balloon can take you to an altitude of 30 km (18.6 miles), giving you an unprecedented view of the Earth’s surface, and an experience that verges on leaving the Earth’s atmosphere.

Space is defined as 100 km (62 mi) from the Earth’s surface, but the space travel start-up based in Tucson, Arizona is hoping to create an experience that will be enough for space enthusiasts to hand over $75,000 of their money. They also recently obtained US Federal Aviation Administration approval for the balloon experiences which are expected to begin in 2016.

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