A woman plans to fly passengers into space in a balloon

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TITUS VILLE, Fla. – A local woman has her sights set on the sky and wants to take you with her.

Jane Poynter is the Founder and Co-CEO of Space Perspective.

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The company’s goal is to strap a space capsule to a giant balloon and take you 20 miles into the sky for an out-of-this-world experience.

“We use a giant balloon that is literally the size of a soccer stadium. You can pick up a football stadium and spin around in it once the balloon reaches full height,” says Poynter.

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Once you’re at the top, Poynter says you can see the entire state of Florida, the Bahamas and beyond. And you will do it in style. She says once you’re in the air for two hours, you can walk around the pod with champagne in hand while using FaceTime or other services to share the experience with your friends and family on the ground.

Or better yet, share the experience with them personally. She says people are already buying group packages.

“A significant number of these capsules are actually purchased as whole capsules by people who want to go with their friends, their family, their business associates,” Poynter said.

The entire project was inspired by the two years Poynter and her co-CEO spent in a biosphere in the 1990s.

“That really got Taber and I on track to get us all into space and have that fundamental astronaut experience,” Poynter said.

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This isn’t the first time she’s crossed the boundaries of space. Poynter said she’s founded several companies and reminds us, “You may remember the Red Bull Stratos space jump, where Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule… we broke that record two years later.

Now, if you’re interested in joining her next adventure, you can book a seat on her space mission for $125,000. She expects to welcome paying guests as early as 2024.

Find out more about Poynter’s plan to put humans into space, including more about the technology her team is using, details on what she thinks will be a luxurious space experience, and when the prices for the latest installment of Florida’s Fourth Estate could go down.

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