Zephalto, an aerospace company, has recently unveiled its crowning jewel – Céleste, a “Luxury Space Capsule” that promises to whisk small groups of intrepid explorers 25 kilometres into the stratosphere. This celestial sojourn, reaching heights approximately 15 kilometres above commercial airplanes, affords passengers an awe-inspiring vantage point to behold the Earth’s curvature.
Under the deft command of two seasoned pilots, Céleste offers accommodations for up to six passengers, embarking on a captivating six-hour odyssey. The journey unfolds with a 90-minute ascent to cruising altitude, followed by an exhilarating three-hour foray into the cosmos, culminating in a graceful 90-minute descent.
Vincent Farret d’Astiès, the luminary founder and chief pilot of Zephalto, expressed the profound dedication of his team, remarking, “Our expert team has devoted years of tireless effort to craft a vessel that would make the Montgolfier brothers proud.” This profound commitment to the pursuit of space travel excellence reflects Zephalto’s unwavering determination to lead the frontier of aerospace innovation.
Anticipated to make its debut in late 2024, Céleste is already creating a buzz in elite circles. Pre-reservation tickets for this extraordinary journey are being offered at a premium rate of €120,000 per person, catering to a select few who yearn to experience the cosmos firsthand.
For Vincent Farret d’Astiès, the revelation of Céleste marks the culmination of a seven-year journey marked by rigorous work on its approach, design, and technical solutions. His visionary outlook asserts that the concept is now not just a dream but a tangible reality, poised to provide an unparalleled immersive experience that seamlessly bridges the realms of Earth and space.
In an era where space exploration has transcended the boundaries of science fiction and is fast becoming an accessible frontier for those with a taste for luxury and adventure, Zephalto’s Céleste emerges as a beacon of aspiration. As we await its launch, the world watches with bated breath, eager to witness the dawning of a new age in space travel, where luxury and discovery converge in the vast expanse of the cosmos.