The world's first marine spaceport for human spaceflight, MS Voyager.
Marine Spaceport (MS) Voyager
Marine Spaceport (MS) Voyager, a 294-foot-long vessel, is the first in a planned fleet of this new class of spaceports globally. Spaceports are sites for launching and receiving spacecraft. Now with the capacity to launch from marine-based sites around the world, as well as from land-based sites like Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Space Perspective becomes the first global space travel experience company.
The name Voyager is an homage to the Voyager 1 Space Probe mission which, on astronomer Carl Sagan’s urging, took a photo of Earth from across the solar system on February 14th, 1990. That photo, now known famously as the Pale Blue Dot, inspired Sagan’s book of the same name and his call for humans to “preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known” – words that reverberate through Space Perspective’s mission today.
A Worldclass Vessel
Acquired from one of the world’s premier shipbuilders, Edison Chouest Offshore, MS Voyager’s marine operations will be supported by Guice Offshore with certification by the American Bureau of Shipping.
MS Voyager is now being outfitted for launch, recovery, and SpaceBalloon™ operations at Conrad Shipyard. In keeping with Space Perspective’s environmentally conscious ethos, the vessel is being retrofitted to use low-carbon biofuel. Voyager will arrive at dock and begin marine operations as part of test flights resuming later in 2023.
Marine Spaceports Unlock Global Experiences
Conversations are active with several potential additional destinations across the globe to offer Explorers an awe-inspiring view of some of the world’s most iconic geography.
Marine spaceports generally create ideal launch conditions in two ways: by navigating to areas of good weather, which allows for year-round operations within a region, and by moving with the sea breeze, so there is virtually no wind across the deck. This enables more frequent launch opportunities, as well as more options for the time of day, including sunrise and sunset nighttime stargazing flights for Explorers.
Landing and Retrieval
When it’s time to come back to Earth at the end of the journey in Spaceship Neptune’s pressurized capsule, a splash-cone at its base provides a smooth and gentle water landing. Fast boats will then arrive to stabilize the capsule, which will be lifted onto Voyager by a custom-built A-frame. From early Apollo to SpaceX missions, water landings have been a safe and trusted way to return to Earth, and Space Perspective’s team includes former SpaceX and NASA launch and retrieval experts.
Kennedy Space Center
In addition to launching from the MS Voyager, Spaceship Neptune can and will use our alternate spaceport at the legendary Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast.
“This is another important milestone and a proud moment for the Space Perspective crew both in terms of pioneering engineering and the ability to scale our offer quickly, globally.”Taber MacCallumFounder & Co-CEO