Zephalto, a company that pitches itself as the global leader in luxury consumer space travel, will launch its first European-based consumer flight at the end of this year.
When we think of space travel, a few words tend to jump into mind – courageous, adventurous, challenging – but rarely is the word ‘luxurious’ used in the same breath, simply because we have a hard enough time getting people into space on the best day of the week, let alone packing the blue lobster and caviar.
The company, which is driven by French design and ‘art de vivre’, is hoping to tap into the growing interest in the consumer space race by offering the most comfortable and tailor-made experience in the stratosphere – including out-of-this-world Michelin-starred cuisine.
Zephalto promises the well-heeled a low-carbon, life-changing journey to the stars, highlights of which include witnessing the spherical curve of the earth from the darkness of space in an environment that caters to all ages and physical conditions.
The flights, which will depart from France and take six hours in total, include a 90-minute climb in a cutting-edge pressurized balloon named Céleste with three cabins each catering to two passengers. You’ll ascend to 25 kilometres above sea level, where the sunrise will be seen past the stratosphere.
There you’ll spend three hours, sans light pollution, in the carbon-constructed Céleste, designed by Joseph Dirand Architecture, the French architect of Balmain and Givenchy stores in Paris as well as such chic restaurants as Loulou and Monsieur Bleu. Each cabin boasts expansive windows and modular furniture. The balloon will be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency and presently has 11 patent-pending safety elements, so you’ll be in good hands as you take in mesmerising views from up on high.
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