According to the emailed statement, the design of the spherical capsule was based on thousands of virtual flight tests and simulations. Space Perspective collaborated on the design with Siemens Digital Industries. The capsule is equipped with reflective coated windows, a thermal control system to maintain a constant temperature throughout the six-hour journey, and a splash cone for landing on water.
“Centuries of balloon and parachute operation and development show that always flying a balloon from launch to landing, using traditional parachutes as a backup system, is by far the easiest, safest and most reliable solution,” said Taber McCallum, Founder Co. Space Perspective’s CEO and CTO said in a statement. “Our patented flight system means that the capsule and SpaceBalloon always stay connected, and takeoff and landing conditions are always under our control.”