A Spanish company plans to open the first hotel in space. It says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multibillion dollar project.
The Barcelona-based architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort say it will cost $4.4 million for a three-night stay at the hotel, with this price including an eight-week training course on a tropical island.
During their stay, guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes. They would wear velcro suits so they can crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.
Galactic Suite Ltds CEO Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace engineer, said the project will put his company at the forefront of an infant industry with a huge future ahead of it, and forecast space travel will become common in the future. Its normal to think that your children, possibly within 15 years, could spend a weekend in space, he said.
Galactic Suite Ltd, set up in 2007, hopes to start its project with a single pod in orbit 450km above the earth,with the capacity to hold four guests and two astronaut-pilots .
It will take a day and a half to reach the pod which Claramunt compared to a mountain retreat, with no staff to greet the traveller. When the passengers arrive in the rocket, they will join it for 3 days, rocket and capsule. After that the passenger returns to earth, he said.
Nice place for a Honeymoon – whether First or Second. Book now.
Don’t u worry about the budget.