the French company that makes you travel in space

Stratoflight has teamed up with Expleo to build a capsule capable of sending six people to the edge of space.

Young French companies are not short of ideas to gain a foothold in the new space market. Present at the CNES stand, the companies Stratoflight and Expleo arrived at ICA with a futuristic model. A 1/6 rendering of his space capsule. Eight meters long by four wide, it has the peculiarity of having a balcony.

Designed to reach the stratospheric atmosphere (35-40 km high), it should allow the six travelers to walk on a small balcony to enjoy a unique view of Earth and space. Stratoflight explains during the presentation that the spacecraft will use a hydrogen balloon to reach its cruising altitude.

This system is already widely used by space agencies send probes (especially meteorological) to the upper layers of the atmosphere. Reusing the same principle, Stratoflight wants to get its little capsule off the ground in this way, thereby reducing the environmental impact of a flight.

The entire Stratoflight project is focused on the planet. The capsule will be built with “recycled or recyclable” bio-based materials. In the long term, the Toulouse company hopes to achieve a zero carbon footprint level for the start-up of a capsule.

Tourists can then go out, equipped with special suits, and enjoy a few minutes in the void. The device will then return to Earth. The return will be provided by a piloted wing in the form of a paraglider.

A total of six people and two pilots can take place in the capsule for such a trip. There are many stratospheric flight projects around the world, but the Starflight proposal is unique. With this balcony, you stand out from the competition and hope to quickly attract customers.

An ecological space project

The development of a scale version is underway, Starflight hopes to carry out a test flight in 2024. For Arnaud Longobardi, airline pilot and co-founder of the program, Stratoflight is a flight that provides “several exceptional experiences. »

The spacewalk is obviously the climax of such a mission, but the gentle ascent is also a unique moment. As for the return, it is similar to a free paragliding flight. “From my point of view, this mission is the culmination of a pilot’s dream, but also a technological innovation that respects the planet. »

Frédérique Rebout, Head of Space at Expleo states that ecology has always played an important role in the design of this capsule. ” Our teams of space engineers designed this capsule with the aim of making space accessible to everyone, but also respecting the environment. »

An attractive project that opens its box office at the beginning of 2023. The first commercial flights will have taken place in 2025.

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