Space Perspective, located on Florida’s Space Coast, showcased the unique layout of its first-ever Space Spa. Spaceship Neptune, a cutting-edge spacecraft designed by Space Perspective, contains a pressurized capsule that is slowly carried to the edge of space by a massive SpaceBalloon, radically reimagining human spaceflight.
Nestled into one side of the spacious capsule interior (the Space Lounge), the Space Spa will outclass amenities found in a first-class airline cabin and function as a private haven for eight Explorers traveling with a Captain. Spaceflight is a shared experience.
“One of the most consistent questions we receive when people learn that our spaceflight lasts six hours is if there will be a loo. The answer is always, of course, yes. And there is no need for a vacuum toilet like astronauts contend with, or a diaper. Having a proper and beautifully designed restroom contributes significantly to the accessible and unique experience we are offering and accentuates the incredible views of the deep blackness of space, the brilliant thin blue line of our atmosphere, the stars above and the Earth below.”Jane Poynter, Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective
“We aimed to create an environment that was more akin to a spa vs. an aircraft experience,” said Dan Window, who leads all facets of design at Space Perspective with Isabella Trani. “We embraced softness and optimistic color tones in the Space Spa, which play nicely with the contrasting colors you will see through its two windows. We’re also using light washes to allow customization of the environment as well as discourage reflections in the windows. Soothing soundscapes will be unique to what you experience in the Space Lounge, and we brought in plants as a callback to the experience that Space Perspective’s founders had in Biosphere 2.”
“The Space Spa is the one place in the capsule’s interior where Explorers will be able to have a moment of solitude,” added Trani. “So, it was imperative that it felt like a retreat. Explorers will find this environment cocooning and comforting with no sharp edges, which adds to the ambience and creates a very welcoming place. On a practical level, the design benefits cleanliness with surfaces that are easy to wipe down, not to mention sound and odor control through the padding and greenery.”
Spaceship Neptune offers an opulent experience that is further enhanced by top-notch food and beverage offerings, incredibly cozy seating, personalized headphones, amenity packages, and Wi-Fi.
Space Perspective declared in July that it had sold over 1,600 tickets, exceeding the quantity of seats sold by any other space tourism company and amounting to $200 million in revenue. Just over 600 people have ever gone to space, thus to put the significance of 1,600 Explorers into perspective, Space Perspective’s sales represent a ground-breaking accomplishment in enhancing humankind’s access to and experience of space.
The goal of Space Perspective is to send as many people as possible into space since it is believed that the experience of looking down on Earth from orbit, which is the epitome of what it is like to be an astronaut, will drastically change how people view the world and their place in it. After a trip, astronauts frequently return home with a burning desire to make the world a better place, and many of them become involved in social and environmental causes.