Mercedes-Maybach Joins Space Perspective
Mercedes-Maybach is best known for manufacturing incredibly lavish rides. But in collaboration with a startup calling itself Space Perspective, it’s now getting ready to take its opulence past the stratosphere (kinda).
The association begins at the foundation. The Maybach EQS SUV will go about as the official transport vehicle for the Space Perspective program when it initiates, ferrying six travelers every flight to their pressurized capsule. Attached to each shell is a tremendous SpaceBalloon driven by hydrogen that lifts travelers at 14 mph to 100,000 feet (our internal NASA nerds remind us that space starts at 62 miles up, so 100,000 feet isn’t exactly the extraordinary obscure).
“Going to space is now a reality,” says Jane Poynter, Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective. With the launch of their revolutionary flight system, passengers can take a six-hour journey to the edge of space and back without the need for rocket fuel. As Poynter explains, the trip consists of two hours of travel, two hours of floating in the stratosphere, and two hours of return. What’s more, the Space Perspective experience is carbon-neutral and “completely silent.” This means that those looking to explore the upper atmosphere can do so without leaving a lasting environmental impact.
“We are taking all of us to space, but in a manner that you may not have imagined,” Poynter states. “There’s no need for rockets, no high G-forces, and no space suits. Instead, we are utilizing a balloon that lifts people to space gently, so they can experience the feeling of being an astronaut.”
The inner compartment of the Space Perspective’s capsule is fashioned after a high-class sports utility vehicle, featuring six pieces of comfort-oriented seating directed at enormous windows – the largest to be present on any spacecraft currently – and equipped with an array of amenities: a bar, flora, and even a restroom. Although designed by Space Perspective initially, it might well alter under the influence of this collaboration.
In the future, Maybach intends to make its presence felt in the interior of each capsule. “Ultimately, our goal is to have Maybach be involved in the interior design of the capsule,” remarked Daniel Lescow, Head of Mercedes-Maybach in the US. The company is looking forward to being able to bring a unique and luxurious touch to the capsule’s interior.
Testing is currently proceeding for the inaugural Space Perspective mission which is scheduled to launch later in 2024. The cost of each seat totals at a hefty $125,000, making this venture accessible solely to those men and women likely to purchase a Maybach EQS.
“We’re on the verge of resuming test flights with no crew first, before transitioning to crewed tests in the middle of next year,” states Poynter. “By the end of the year, we’ll be ready for commercial operations – it’s an incredibly thrilling time for us. We already have over 1,650 people who have purchased tickets to go to space, which is incredibly exciting for us.”