Reach 80,000 feet above ground

September 28, 2006

Apparently you can do this today! Space Adventures offers a ride in a MiG-25 up to an altitude of 80,000 feet! The trip lasts 30 minutes and includes a 4 night stay at one of Moscow's most exclusive hotels. At 70,000 feet, you reach Mach 2.5 and are still climbing -- the sky has turned a very deep blue and the Earth below is distinctly curved. At 80,000 feet, the sky is cold black and a translucent-blue hue hangs over the curvature.

Apparently the all time altitude for an air breathing engine is an astonishing 123,524 ft. by a modified MiG-25. Amazing!

The cost is $32,000 US, so I won't be doing this any time soon, but it's fascinating that a company is already providing this service. Maybe in 30 years it will be more affordable.

Space Adventures: Edge of Space: MiG-25