The BBC revealed in September 2010 that a Russian company was planning to launch a Space hotel. Of course, cosmic travel is only for the extremely wealthy. Those who comfortably fit in this category could dish out millions for a short journey into outer space just to stare out large portholes down to the Earth.
But don’t go making a reservation just yet. This four-room galactic suite designed by Orbital Technologies was reported by RIA Novosti in Russia to not be ready until 2016. The rich and famous and those funded by firms wanting to do research will be transported to the hotel via the same type of shuttle that cosmonauts ride in to the International Space Station (ISS).
The CEO of Orbital Technologies, Sergei Kostenko, shared, “Our planned module inside will not remind you of the ISS. A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes.”
The Funds to Ignite a Cosmite Hotel Will be Exorbitant
Just how will this cosmic wonder be funded? Who will pay for it? And how much will the venture cost its guests? The company is not saying.
But the premier suite or module is set to have four cabins that can carry up to seven passengers. The space in total will be somewhere just over 700 cubic feet. To be fancy and give the guests an ultimate experience worth the money, the CEO said the company is toying with the idea of hiring celebrity chefs to prepare the meals before the shuttle sets off.
Investors from Russia and America are eager to employ their money, and lots of it into the hundreds of millions of duckets, to be involved with the Russia contractors, Energia, and the Russian Federal Space Agency.
The Space Hotel Project Has its Critics
Space consultants like Jim Oberg from Houston want to know why Russia would invest so much money into this project.
One answer came from Alexey Krasnov, leader of the space missions that are manned, of Roscosmos – the space hotel is a potential safety for those crewing the ISS if there is a space emergency.
With its critics, Russia is not alone. Architects from the Galactic Suite Space Resort from Barcelona reported that their cosmic hotel was expected to meet its target for 2012. This would make it the first hotel in outer space.
Passengers will be trained on a tropical island for eight weeks before being ferried to the galactic hotel for a three-night stay with a price tag of $3m.
The Success of Other Space Dreams
This makes tycoon Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo seem like old news, taking away some of its hype. It also makes the $200k investment to take a two hour ride on the WhiteKnightTwo seem like chump change.
But the kudos go to American hotel extraorinaire back in 2007. The Genesis II was launched as an experiment by Bigelow Aerospace to test the possibility of a space hotel. The mission was a success.
So here’s to all you nay-sayers, to those stuck light-years in the past. Your doubts are about to be set aflame and launched out of the Earth’s atmosphere as soon as 2012. It is not a ride for the faint of heart. Nor is it a ride for anyone less than stinking, stinking rich. That is, if anyone gets to go. If the world should suddenly come to an end in this infamous year not even the richest people on the planet, nor all of them combining their wealth could stop it.
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