The company behind plans to open the first hotel in space predicts a holiday in orbit will soon become a realistic travel option.
Galactic Suite say their space station hotel is on schedule to accept its first paying guests in 2012.A total of 38 people have now reserved a room in the Galactic Suite space hotel, 450 km. above the Earth’s surface. Four of those who have booked are Spanish, with eight Americans, seven from the Arab Emirates, six from China, five from Russia, five from Australia and three South-Americans.
The stay in space costs three million euros, which includes 18 weeks’ preparation on a Caribbean island, the journey into space and three nights’ accommodation in the orbital hotel.
The Barcelona based space tourism company, Galactic Suite Project, was formed by various professionals in the aerospace industry. According to Xavier Claramunt and Marsal Gifra, the directors of Galactic Suite Project, “this is the first package deal, as it includes transport from the tourist’s home to the Caribbean island, the training required for journeys into orbit, the flight to the hotel and three nights’ accommodation in the Galactic Suite”.
Furthermore, the space tourists will also take part in scientific experiments.
The company has already contacted various scientific organisations interested in making use of the space tourists in zero gravity to obtain samples. Another attraction of this journey is the ability to orbit the Earth 15 times every day, and to see 15 sunrises.
The hotel will be located at a certain angle from the equator.
The Barcelona-based company is aiming to develop an “orbital hotel chain” with modular space accommodation based on the natural growth of a grapevine. The chain will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 450 km (300 miles) and will welcome its first guests in 2012.
In addition to the space hotel, Galactic Suite Project is also planning a hotel complex on a Caribbean island to accommodate the tourists, as well as on the space shuttles that will transport the “space suites”.
Galactic Suite Project was set up in Barcelona in January 2007 by a group of architects, aerospace engineers and industrial engineers from Spain and the US.