Sunday, 9 October 2011

Russia plans orbiting hotel in space


Russian company Orbital Technologies has unveiled an ambitious plan of launching a ‘Space Hotel’ or a commercial space station with huge windows for viewing the Earth by 2016, according to the Daily Mail.
A five day stay in the hotel, which would house seven guests in four cabins, would cost 100,000 pounds, on top of 500,000 pounds for journey.

"Space tourism is a real and fast-growing business," said Sergei Kostenko, head of Russian firm Orbital Technologies, said at the MAKS air show. "Whoever builds the first new spaceship now will reap big dividends."Russian officials say at least one of four U.S. companies at the forefront of the commercial space industry could develop space taxis by 2016 to take astronauts into low Earth orbit, up to an altitude of about 2,000 km (1,250 miles).Orbital Technologies' Kostenko said the space hotel would be more comfortable than the space station, but did not promise luxury -- vacationers would still have to eat space food, take sponge baths and use vacuum toilets because of weightlessness.
 
Orbital Technologies plans to use Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts to transport passengers and workers to the "great gig in the sky," although it does not rule out using other manned spacecraft made in the United States, Europe and China.
The firm is tight-lipped about how much it will cost to stay at the hotel, although the Russian government is hoping that the project can be a cash cow for its space exploration program.
"We consider the Commercial Space Station a very interesting project, encouraging private participation," says Vitaly Davydov, Deputy Head of the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation. "It will attract private investment for the Russian space industry."


Here's where you'll stay.
Artist rendering of the Commercial Space Station. Price for a night? Somewhere between "a lot" and "a ton."
Orbital Technologies will not confirm whether it has taken any reservations from customers yet, but says there are "many interested parties.

The company claims that the comercial space station would be more comfortable than the International Space Station used by astronauts and cosmonauts. The tourists who will be accompanied by an experienced crew will dine on food prepared on the Earth.

So guys are you interested in this great space tourism.

2 comments:

  1. Space tourism looks awsome.

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  2. the photos are superb.

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