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For $130,000, you can dine on the edge of space

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Do you dream of eating a Michelin-starred meal on the “edge of space”? This dream may turn into reality next year, with the French company “Zefalto”.

The space tourism project, founded by former air traffic controller Vincent Farre d’Aste, sells “advance tickets” for subsequent flights in a pressurized capsule, dubbed Celeste, attached to a stratospheric balloon.

The capsule will fly at an altitude of 25 kilometers, allowing guests to see the curves of the Earth.

While admiring the enchanting scenery, you can sip your wine and dine in style.

The value of pre-booking tickets is 10 thousand euros, or about $ 10,900, and gives buyers the opportunity to reserve their seat when tickets are sold. All in all, the trip aboard Celeste will cost you 120,000 euros, or about $131,100.

Zevalto told CNN that seats on the first flights from late 2024 to mid-2025 have already been booked.

Currently, tickets are on sale for mid-2025 onwards.

Zevalto says the balloon will rise 25 kilometers into the atmosphere.
Credit: Courtesy of Zephalto

Celeste promises to fly 6 passengers and two pilots to maximum altitude in just 90 minutes, at a speed of four meters per second. The capsule will then float above the ground for three hours, allowing passengers to enjoy a multi-course meal and glasses of fine French wine.

Journeys to the “edge of space,” like the one proposed by Zevalto, are a little different.

These capsules will not actually reach orbital space, but they will still fly much higher than a commercial airliner. This means that you can enjoy great views of the Earth and the stars, but without losing gravity and the accompanying feeling of weightlessness.

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Zevalto says it is also working closely with the French space agency CNES on the project, and counts the airline Airbus as one of its partners.

It added that the helium-powered balloon would be required to obtain the same certificates as commercial aircraft from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The company stated that it had completed three partial test flights. A full flight is scheduled for later this year.

The flights will be open to people of all ages, and no prior training is required.