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With its primary capsule structure complete, Space Perspective crosses key milestone toward test flight



FLORIDA SPACE COAST, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Space Perspective, the world’s first carbon-neutral spaceflight experience company, today unveiled the first images of its completed test capsule structure. The first to be designed for tourism flights under a SpaceBalloon™, the spherical capsule, together with the reserve descent system and SpaceBalloon, make up the company’s innovative spacecraft called Spaceship Neptune. 

The completed capsule will be flown as part of the company’s upcoming uncrewed test flights, which pave the way for crewed test flights later next year. In 2021, Space Perspective successfully flew a capsule simulator to space under a SpaceBalloon; since then, its teams have been working on the design and manufacturing of the capsule to resume testing, which will include evaluating all corner cases and off-nominal scenarios to pass numerous safety gates.

Space Perspective’s test capsule is highly instrumented and represents what the company will be flying once commercially operational – minus the luxurious interior, which it calls the Space Lounge. Data gathered during the upcoming uncrewed test flights will inform the development of a commercial-grade capsule.

Spaceship Neptune was developed to be the most accessible, most sustainable, and safest spacecraft on or above our planet. Unlike all other spacecraft, where the crewed compartment separates from one flight system mid-flight and transfers to another flight system, Spaceship Neptune’s capsule remains secured to the SpaceBalloon during the entire flight from liftoff to splashdown, creating a seamless and safe flight – at a fraction of the cost of other space travel options. Featuring the largest windows ever flown to space, the spacecraft, which accommodates eight Explorers and a Captain, will offer Explorers the quintessential astronaut experience of seeing Earth from the blackness of space.

Space Perspective is unique in that most of the manufacturing happens in house, with the manufacturing for the capsule all done at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. All the component integration then happens at the company’s capsule assembly facility located at Mission Control near Cape Canaveral. 

Designing and manufacturing a spherical capsule structure to provide panoramic views and to operate in so many different environments is a monumental achievement and a reflection of the integrated work happening between three of the company’s Engineering teams, including Structures, led by Ryon Warren (former Boeing), Manufacturing, led by Vincent Bachet (former SpaceX), and Design, led by Dan Window (former PriestmanGoode). This critical internal partnership is something that Taber MacCallum, human spaceflight veteran and Space Perspective Founder, Co-CEO and CTO, calls “one of the greatest iterative collaborations I have ever seen.” Added MacCallum, “I’m incredibly proud of our Engineering team. The entire company is hugely motivated by reaching this milestone together and seeing Spaceship Neptune come to life before our eyes so spectacularly.”

Earlier this year, the company officially opened its Seely SpaceBalloon™ Factory – a 700-foot long, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at the company’s headquarters. Space Perspective is also nearing completion of its launch vessel, Marine Spaceport Voyager, which will soon arrive at its home port on the Space Coast to support test flight operations. 

A seat on Spaceship Neptune costs $125,000 with a waitlist deposit starting at $1,000. Additional options for seat deposits and flights are contingent upon availability within the desired flight year. With more than 1,650 tickets sold and increasing demand, the company expects to raise prices next year as operations get underway.

About Space Perspective

Space Perspective, the world’s first and only carbon-neutral spaceflight experience company, is on a mission to make space travel more accessible than ever before. Its innovative Spaceship Neptune, which comprises a pressurized capsule propelled by a giant SpaceBalloon™, offers a safe and transformative six-hour journey to the edge of space. 

With no rockets, weightlessness, heavy g-forces, or training required, the experience is designed to be as gentle on Explorers as it is on the Earth. Those who fly with Space Perspective, which is being regulated by the FAA and follows guidelines established by NASA and the U.S. Coast Guard, enjoy a world-class meal and cocktail service, Wi-Fi, and lavatory, and unprecedented views of our planet through the largest windows ever flown to space – all from the comforts of the world’s first Space Lounge. 

Based on Florida’s Space Coast, Space Perspective was founded by human spaceflight veterans Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who met as original crew members in Biosphere 2. They went on to launch Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops tech for environmental control systems that can be found on the International Space Station (ISS). Space Perspective’s team more broadly has been instrumental in the development of every U.S. human spacecraft for the past 40 years.

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Quick, Delicious Breakfasts to Start Your Day with a Bang




(Family Features) If you’re looking for a little motivation to take on a busy day or fueling up for an adventurous weekend with the family, there’s no better way to start the morning than with a filling breakfast. However, not everyone takes full advantage of this ever-important opportunity to prepare for the day ahead.

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A long-grain rice that’s common in India, basmati is fragrant with a nutty flavor and fluffy texture that pairs well with the sweetness of dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, apricots and dates for a combination of flavor and nutrition at the breakfast table. Better yet, you can enjoy it during busy mornings with Minute Instant Basmati Rice, which is ready in just 5 minutes on the stove or in the microwave for quick, delicious, aromatic dishes.

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Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
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  • 1 cup Minute Instant Basmati Rice
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup fresh apples, diced (optional)
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In cereal bowl, mix rice with apricots, walnuts and yogurt. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with diced apples, if desired, and serve.

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 cup diced onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced scallions or parsley, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
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NASA Mourns the Loss of a Legendary Astronaut and Pilot, Maj. Gen. Joe Engle



Joe Engle
Portrait of retired NASA astronaut Joe Engle wearing flight suit in front of an X-15 fighter circa 1963.

NASA has announced with deep sorrow the passing of retired astronaut and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Joe Engle, who died at the age of 91. Surrounded by his loving family at his home in Houston, Engle’s death marks the end of an era in American space exploration history. Engle was celebrated not only for his service as an Air Force pilot but also for his unique achievement as the only astronaut to have piloted both the hypersonic X-15 and the space shuttle.

Joe Engle

Born in Dickinson County, Kansas, in 1932, Joe Engle’s journey into the skies started at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he obtained his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. His flying career took off rapidly, earning his pilot wings from the Air Force in 1958. Engle’s skills propelled him to the forefront of aeronautical innovation when, at the age of 32, he became the youngest pilot ever to qualify as an astronaut while flying the X-15 for the U.S. Air Air Force.

NASA’s Administrator, Bill Nelson, remembered Engle as a natural pilot whose passion and skill helped humanity’s dreams take flight. From the X-15 program, which reached the edge of space, to the pioneering days of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, Engle’s influence was profound. Not only was he the last surviving pilot of the formidable X-15 program, but he also commanded several key missions in the era of the space shuttles, including the maiden voyage of the shuttle Columbia’s second flight in 1981 and a critical mission aboard the Discovery in 1985.

Across these spaceflights, Engle demonstrated exceptional skill and bravery, particularly noted for being the first and only pilot to manually fly an aerospace vehicle from Mach 25 to landing, showcasing not just technical prowess but unparalleled courage.

Engle’s illustrious career spanned over various facets of aviation and space exploration. He logged more than 14,000 flight hours across 180 different aircraft types, earning numerous honors, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal among others.

His achievements transcended his military and spaceflight accolades. In 1992, Engle was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor, a testament to a lifetime of dedication and excellence in aviation and space. Beyond these public accolades, Engle was a family man, remembered lovingly by his wife, Jeanie, as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was happiest when in the cockpit.

The NASA community, along with the nation, mourns the loss of a true American hero. Engle’s legacy lives on, inspiring new generations of astronauts, pilots, and engineers who look to the stars. His remarkable life reminds us of the profound impact one individual can have on the advancement of human spaceflight.

With Engle’s passing, we are reminded of the fleeting nature of human endeavors and the enduring spirit of exploration that propels humanity forward. Let us honor Joe Engle by continuing to reach for the stars with courage, determination, and a smile, just as he would have wanted.

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Amtrak’s Borealis Route: Turning a Profit in Record Time

Amtrak’s Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago turns a profit in just 11 days, setting a new standard for state-supported lines.



Borealis route

In a recent article published by Newsweek, it was reported that Amtrak’s new Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago achieved a remarkable feat by turning a profit in just 11 days of operation. This achievement is particularly significant as it is one of the few state-supported lines within Amtrak’s network to do so.

The Borealis route managed to generate $600,000 in operating revenue during the month of May, while keeping operating expenses at $500,000. This resulted in a notable operating profit of $100,000 within a very short timeframe. The route, which officially launched on May 21, served a total of 6,600 passengers during its initial days of operation.

This success story highlights the potential for profitability and sustainability within the realm of rail transportation, showcasing the demand for efficient and reliable intercity travel options. The rapid profitability of the Borealis route not only reflects well on Amtrak’s strategic expansion efforts but also underscores the importance of investing in and improving public transportation infrastructure.

As Amtrak continues to innovate and adapt to changing travel demands, the success of the Borealis route serves as a testament to the viability of rail travel as a competitive and lucrative mode of transportation. The positive reception and financial performance of this new route signal a promising future for Amtrak and the broader landscape of rail transportation in the United States.

For further insights and comments on this remarkable achievement, Newsweek has reached out to Amtrak for additional information. Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking development in the world of rail travel.

Read the article in Newsweek titled New US Rail Route Makes Profit in Less Than Two Weeks. The piece dives into the remarkable success story of a newly inaugurated rail route that has managed to break even and move into profitability in a surprisingly short span. It explores the factors contributing to this rapid financial turnaround, such as the strategic planning, advanced technology implemented, high passenger demand, and efficiency in operations. Additionally, the article provides insights from industry experts and passengers, shedding light on the broader implications for the future of rail transportation in the United States. For an in-depth understanding, visit https://www.newsweek.com/new-us-rail-route-makes-profit-less-two-weeks-1922298.

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