Cosmo in the Cosmos: Suborbital Space Lounge Set to Launch

Miami nightlife impresario David Gutman will design the hospitality experience aboard Spaceship Neptune, a balloon-powered lounge concept that will usher space tourists on a day trip to the outer edges of Earth starting in 2025.

David Grutman has built an illustrious career crafting euphoric, transporting atmospheres at bacchanalian hotels (Goodtime), restaurants (Swan), and nightclubs (LIV), but the Miami nightlife king’s next project is literally out of this world. Grutman has signed on as the experience curator for the spaceflight startup Space Perspective. Co-founded by entrepreneurs, scientists, and the husband-and-wife team Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, the company has unveiled its design for Spaceship Neptune, a passenger capsule and sustainable model for the age of galactic tourism—it’s being billed as the only carbon-neutral, zero-emission offering in the nascent industry. 

Propelled by state-of-the-art balloon technology, the “lounge” will lift off at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and ascend 100,000 ft. on a suborbital trajectory before descending and ultimately splashing down in the ocean six hours later. The interiors are decked out in 360-degree windows with views up to 450 miles in any direction, customizable mood lighting, a telescope, and interactive screens displaying interesting facts about the trip. On-board plants and herbs such as lavender, basil, and rosemary will offer reminders of home and ingredients for special menu items and cocktails served in custom glassware. Bookings are now live for journeys beginning in 2025 at a cost of $125,000 per person (cryptocurrency accepted) with a fully refundable deposit of $1,000.  

The endeavor is one of many currently underway in the space tourism industry. The Gateway Foundation revealed plans this past year to open a ring-shape hotel called Voyager Station, in 2027. The rotating structure will house rooms for up to 440 people and a restaurant that “rivals the best venues on Earth.” Phillipe Starck dreamed up an egg-inspired design for exploration company Axiom Space, who will offer 10-day expeditions to the modules connected to to the International Space Station (ISS).

World View commissioned the firm PriestmanGoode to conceive another day-tripping balloon concept, the Explorer Capsule, which will be powered by helium instead of hydrogen like Spaceship Neptune and supposedly take flight in 2024. Of course, Space X and Blue Origin are already chauffeuring the fist civilians beyond the outer edges of the planet. In the next few years, it appears many more will follow.

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