Space Perspective has just unveiled the latest addition to its stratospheric tourism operation: a uniquely designed restroom called the “Space Spa” that will become part of its Spaceship Neptune capsule.
Spaceship Neptunewhich will be carried high into Earth’s atmosphere of a massive balloon, is a pressurized capsule that promises passengers a more luxurious and relaxed experience than the suborbital rocket rides offered by Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.
Located in the eight-passenger capsule’s Space Lounge, the Space Spa will function as a private retreat during Neptune spacecraft flights, company officials said.
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“One of the most consistent questions we get when people learn that our space flight is six hours long is whether there will be a restroom,” said Jane Poynter, founder and co-CEO of Space Perspective, in
company statement. (For clarification: the Neptune spacecraft will reach a maximum altitude of about 19 miles or 30 kilometers, which is well below the traditionally accepted line where space begins — 62 miles or 100 km.)
“The answer is always, of course, yes,” Poynter added. “And there’s no need for a vacuum toilet, like the ones astronauts struggle with, or a diaper.” Having a fitting and beautifully designed toilet adds greatly to the accessible and unique experience we offer and highlights the incredible views of the deep darkness of space, the brilliant thin blue line of our atmosphere, the stars above and
The Earth Below.”
The “Space Spa” will be a sanctuary of sorts for passengers aboard Space Perspective’s Spaceship Neptune capsule. (Image: Space Perspective)
The goal was to provide an environment closer to a spa than a typical airplane setting, said Dan Window, who leads all aspects of design at Space Perspective along with Isabella Trani.
“Overall, we’ve embraced softness and upbeat color tones in the Space Spa, which play well with the contrasting colors you’ll see through its two windows,” Window said in the same statement. “We also use light washes, for example, to create atmosphere and allow personalization of the environment, as well as to discourage reflections in windows. The soothing soundscapes will be unique to what you experience in the Space Lounge, and we’ve brought in plants as a nod to the experience the founders of Space Perspective had in Biosphere 2 [an Earth systems research facility in Oracle, Arizona].”
Spaceship Neptune is scheduled to begin flying with customers for the first time in late 2024. (Image: Space Perspective)
Trani expanded the design of the spa, emphasizing its purpose as a secluded sanctuary within the capsule.
“The Space Spa is the only place inside the capsule where the explorers will be able to have a moment of solitude,” Trani said, referring to Space Perspective’s customers. “So it was imperative that it felt like a sanctuary. Explorers will find this environment cocooning and comforting, with no sharp edges, which adds to the atmosphere and makes for a very welcoming place. On a practical level, the design benefits cleanliness, allowing for things like surfaces that are easy to wipe down, and its soft surfaces and greenery promote sound and odor control.”
Spaceship Neptune isn’t just for the Space Spa, though. Space Perspective promises world-class food and beverage offerings, plush seating and a host of amenities, including bespoke headsets, Wi-Fi and specialist amenity kits.
In July, Space Perspective announced that it had successfully sold over 1,600 tickets, amounting to about $200 million in sales. (The cost of a seat on Spaceship Neptune is $125,000.) That figure eclipses publicly reported ticket sales for any other space tourism venture.
Space Perspective plans to make its first commercial flights in late 2024.