Space hotel taking bookings for 2012 opening

Nov 05, 2009 by Lin Edwards weblog
Galactic Suite Space Resort. Image credit: Galactic Suite.

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first orbiting space hotel is on track to open for its first customers in 2012, but hurry, as bookings are filling fast.

The cost of three nights on the Galactic Suite Space Resort (plus a two-month training course on a Caribbean island beforehand) will be $4.4 million US. At least 43 people have already reserved their place, with over 200 expressing an interest.

Guests would circumnavigate the globe every 80 minutes and see the sun rise 15 times a day. They would get around their "pod" rooms by wearing Velcro suits that stick them to the walls to enable them to crawl.

CEO of the Barcelona-based company Galactic Suite Ltd, Xavier Claramunt, said the hotel would make his company a leader in the fledgling industry, which he believes has a great future, with becoming commonplace. Claramunt, formerly an aerospace engineer, said that within perhaps only 15 years, it could be quite normal to spend a weekend in space.

Galactic Suite Space Resort. Image credit: Galactic Suite.

The Galactic Suite Space Resort plans to start with one pod holding four passengers and two astronaut pilots. The pod would orbit 280 miles (450 km) above the earth and travel at 18,640 mph (30,000 kph). Passengers would take a day and a half to reach the pod by Russian-built rocket, after blasting off from a on a Caribbean island. The rocket would dock with the pod for their entire stay to give the guests a sense of security. At the end of their stay the passengers would return to the rocket for the trip back to earth.

Claramunt said the project had received an anonymous grant of $3 billion given to the company by a space enthusiast billionaire. Critics have questioned the timeframe, but the company is confident it is on track for the 2012 opening.

Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico. This will be the first facility for space flights for commercial and private passengers. Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tour company will offer rides to suborbital from the spaceport for $200,000. Bookings are pouring in, with 300 people already having signed up or paid in advance.

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Birthmark
4 / 5 (3) Nov 05, 2009
Eventually going into space will be a normal occurrence. I'm dying to see 2050 or 2100 :D This is exciting stuff.
rubberjesus
4.5 / 5 (4) Nov 05, 2009
just a correction Spaceport America is located in New Mexico not Mexico
jsovine
5 / 5 (1) Nov 05, 2009
Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico


I see the above comment, but that doesn't mean I didn't laugh ;D
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Nov 05, 2009
I wish this project the best of luck. Hopefully nasa and this administration can learn something from it.
PieRSquare
5 / 5 (6) Nov 05, 2009
I really doubt that 2012 date. Two years to go and they don't even have any hardware in orbit? It should already be built and in space being tested if it is going to be considered safe for the public. Personally, I'd hang on to my money (if I had that kind of money...)
codesuidae
1 / 5 (2) Nov 05, 2009
Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico


I see the above comment, but that doesn't mean I didn't laugh ;D


Well, Mexico is in the Americas, the name could be used anywhere from Cape Horn to Kaffeklubben Island. And incidentally, the easy orbits from those particular launch points would be great for space tourists.
Royale
not rated yet Nov 05, 2009
Spaceport America. Located in beautiful, uhm, not America. Haha. That's good stuff.

I'd really love to do this, even in the first round, before they 'iron things out'. I just need to get started on earning that 4.4 million.
Yelmurc
5 / 5 (2) Nov 05, 2009
I'd book a flight on December 21st 2012 just in case.
MrFred
not rated yet Nov 05, 2009
Spaceport America. Located in beautiful, uhm, not America. Haha. That's good stuff.

I'd really love to do this, even in the first round, before they 'iron things out'. I just need to get started on earning that 4.4 million.


I already got started...finishing is the hard part. ;-)
Truth
4.2 / 5 (5) Nov 05, 2009
I agree with you, PieRSquare, this kind of technology requires much more preparation than just two years. What bothers me is that it has all the earmarks of a scam: get people to invest a non-refundable fee in the project, complete with flyers, videos, lectures, etc., then declare bankruptcy, unfeasability, unforseen difficulties, etc., and take off to the Bahamas with millions of dollars. Sweet deal, it's been done dozens of times before, ironically with high-tech projects.
Going
5 / 5 (1) Nov 07, 2009
Please read the small print of the booking form.