Marriage in space? Company plans to be the first to offer the service

The ceremony would take place aboard a sustainable spacecraft called Neptune.
Loukia Papadopoulos
Spaceship Neptune.

Space Perspective  

Co-founder of space company Space Perspective Jane Poynter is claiming her firm may just be the first to offer a marriage service in space.

“We’ve already had people wanting to be the first marriage in space, so we’ll see who is the first,” she told The Cool Down on Saturday. The ceremony would likely take place on the company's historic craft Neptune.

“Spaceship Neptune was developed to be the most accessible, most sustainable, and safest spacecraft on or above Planet Earth. It comprises the SpaceBalloon, Reserve Descent System, and Neptune Capsule,” says the firm on its website.

“Unlike all other spacecraft whereby the crewed compartment separates from one flight system mid-flight and transfers to another flight system, Spaceship Neptune’s capsule remains secured to the SpaceBalloon the entire flight from liftoff to splashdown, creating a seamlessly safe and gentle flight.”

Carbon-free propulsion

But how can it propel itself sustainably? The company even has a solution for that.

“Spaceship Neptune is lifted to space by our SpaceBalloon, propelled by renewable hydrogen, with no rockets and none of the associated carbon footprint,” writes Space Perspective.

“Rather than blasting off, we rise slowly at 12mph, making the experience accessible to anyone medically fit to fly with a commercial airline. Our balloon is proven technology, used for decades already by our team on missions with NASA and other government agencies to lift research telescopes and other heavy, sensitive instruments.”

And what about the spaceship’s return to earth?

“In addition to our primary flight system, Neptune is equipped with a backup descent system—four parachutes situated between the capsule and the SpaceBalloon. The chutes can take over for our primary systems seamlessly and instantaneously in the event of a contingency, ensuring a safe landing. This kind of parachute has been used by space-faring agencies on more than a thousand flights over decades with a 100 percent success rate,” concludes the firm.

Space Perspective is founded by two former crew members of Biosphere 2. The company “is driven by a desire to share the transformative power of space travel with as many people as possible. We know from experience that looking down on Planet Earth from space will radically shift one’s perception of our world and our place within it.”

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