Book your place in space

Following the recent news of Richard Branson’s company, Virgin Galactic, launching commercial test flights into space, a Barcelona based company, Galactic Suite, plans to open the first hotel in space.

The architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort says it will offer a three-night stay at the hotel, including an eight-week training course on a tropical island. It is expected to accept its first guests in 2012 for a mere £2.7 million a time!

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.

Galactic Suite’s CEO Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace engineer, said: “The project will put the company at the forefront of an infant industry with a huge future ahead of it, I forecast space travel will become common in the future.” *

* Source – The Telegraph Nov 09

Space tourism is beginning to take shape with construction underway in New Mexico of Spaceport America, the world’s first facility built specifically for space-bound commercial customers and fee-paying passengers. Richard Branson’s space tours firm, Virgin Galactic, will use the facility to propel tourists into space at a cost of £120,000 a ride.

Galactic Suite Ltd, set up in 2007, hopes to start its project with a single pod in orbit 450 km (280 miles) above the earth, travelling at 30,000 km per hour, with the capacity to hold four guests and two astronaut pilots. It will take a day and a half to reach the pod.

Mr Claramunt said: “When the passengers arrive in the rocket, they will join it for 3 days, rocket and capsule. With this we create in the tourist a confidence that he hasn’t been abandoned. After 3 days the passenger returns to the transport rocket and returns to earth.”

More than 200 people have expressed an interest in travelling to the space hotel and at least 43 people have already reserved. The numbers are similar for Virgin Galactic with 300 people already paid or signed up for the trip but Galactic Suite say they will use Russian rockets to transport their guests into space from a spaceport on a Caribbean island instead of using the Virgin Galactic space craft.

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