World ViewWatch out, Virgin Galactic. There's a new space tourism company in town.
A company called World View is planning to float passengers up to "the edge of space" — about 20 miles into the sky — via balloon by the end of 2016.
While there is no real consensus on where exactly space begins, the International Astronautical Federation thinks it starts at the 100-kilometer mark — about 62 miles up. According to that definition, this 5-hour joy ride get you 1/3 of the way there.
It will also include cocktails, stunning views of the stars, the blackness of space, and the curvature of Earth, all for the hefty sum of $75,000 — about the price of a new entry-level Tesla.
Here's a peek at what it'll be like to float at an altitude of 100,000 feet, above 99% of Earth's atmosphere.