Jane Poynter Founder, Co-CEO & Chief Experience Officer
Due to her upbringing in Southern England’s coastal regions, Jane has always wanted to travel. Clare Frances’ transAtlantic adventure and Jane Goodall’s boldness and practicality, both influenced by her father’s entrepreneurial energy, sparked Jane’s interest. Jane sailed around the world and joined a research vessel in her early twenties, which led to her joining Biosphere 2’s first crew. Taber MacCallum was Jane’s shipboard business partner. A year at sea would prepa re her for Biosphere 2. Her contributions to the design team were crucial to Biosphere 2’s conception and execution. Jane designed and maintained the project’s record-breaking plant growing systems, which provided food, water, and oxygen for the two-year mission. Biosphere 2 would show that knowledge of life on another planet easily transfers to Earth, facilitating future interplanetary colonisation.
Jane’s competence, knowledge, and love motivate her to have as many people as possible see Earth from space. Astronauts say seeing Earth from space changed their lives almost universally. An intimate encounter could inspire a worldview that includes all peopleandecosystems.AlanEustace,aGoogle executive, broke the global free fall record at Paragon in 2014. This became the successful StratEx project. 14 minutes from Earth showed Jane
Alan’s enlightening experience and the transformative power of a new perspective.
Jane is Space Perspective’s co-CEO and chief experience officer, and it is her job to make sure that every Space Explorer who boards Spaceship Neptune has an unforgettable experience that sparks their imagination and leads them to adopt a more global view of space.
Taber MacCallum Founder, CoCEO & Chief Technology Officer
Taber is well-known for his dedication to learning and improving himself. Early in his career, he was labelled a wünderkind, a genius, the wayward offspring of his upbringing and the circumstances of his birth. His experiences have shaped and enriched his decisions along the way, and now he and his wife, Jane Poynter, have founded the compa ny Space Perspective.
Taber was born in New Mexico to an Australian psychia tric nurse practitioner and a U.S. astronomer. His father studied gamma rays with SpaceBalloonsTM, a wise choice. Taber thrived in this competitive environment and moved to Austin to finish high school. As with so many travellers before him, he fell in love with the world and its wonders. He started in Western Europe before taking the Trans-Siberian Railroad to the Soviet Union. After long conversations with locals, he realised
we all have more in common than we don’t.
Taber gained confidence and taught English in Japan before going to China. Taber was struck by the human condition’s universality. Taber joined a research vessel in Samoa that was filming around-the-world. Taber mastered scuba diving in Singapore. Jane was picked up in Sri Lanka and joined a pool of potential Biosphere 2 crew members. He was involved in the Biosphere 2 design process from the beginning. He designed Biosphere 2’s environmental lab. Biosphere 2’s lessons should inform new initiatives and discoveries.
Taber and Jane started World View Enterprises Inc. to create the stratollite, a solar-powered, unmanned stratospheric spacecraft that can carry out remote sensing and communications missions over lengthy periods of time. Taber refined the balloon’s navigation and control technologies while Jane was CEO. Because of this breakthrough, Bloomberg Business Week called Jane and Taber “Masters of the stratosphere.” The stratollite was featured on the cover of Aerospace America because it was being called “game-changing” in the aerospace sector.
Taber leads a group of brilliant engineers as Space Perspective’s Chief Technology Officer. His depth of expertise and dedication to the work instil confidence and drive throughout the organisation.
The starting price for a Space Perspective flight is $125,000, which is extremely competitive compa red to the competition. The firm’s initial launches will take place in Florida, but eventually, the compa ny pla ns to expa nd its operations to other countries. There is a tiered system of refundable reservation deposits, with the highest deposit required for firstyear flights and progressively lower deposit requirements for trips in subsequent years.
Invites to special events, private tours, and other behind-the-scenes opportunities are just some of the ways in which Space Explorers are able to connect with one another and have fun doing it.
Tickets can be purchased from luxury travel planners or online at spaceperspective. com.