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Old 11-04-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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Space hotel says it's on schedule to open in 2012
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BARCELONA (Reuters) - A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project.

The Barcelona-based architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort say it will cost 3 million euro ($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 Ltd's CEO Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace engineer, said the project will put his company (galactic suite) at the forefront of an infant industry with a huge future ahead of it, and forecast space travel will become common in the future.

"It's very normal to think that your children, possibly within 15 years, could spend a weekend in space," he told Reuters Television.

A nascent space tourism industry 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.

British tycoon Richard Branson's space tours firm, Virgin Galactic (), will use the facility to propel tourists into suborbital space at a cost of $200,000 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, traveling 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 - which Claramunt compared to a mountain retreat, with no staff to greet the traveler.

"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," he said.

More than 200 people have expressed an interest in traveling 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 unlike Branson, Galactic Suite say they will use Russian rockets to transport their guests into space from a spaceport to be built on an island in the Caribbean.

But critics have questioned the project, saying the time frame is unreasonable and also where the money is coming from to finance the project.

Claramunt said an anonymous billionaire space enthusiast has granted $3 billion to finance the project.
Space hotel says it's on schedule to open in 2012 | Oddly Enough | Reuters



So can I borrow 3 million euro from you fine folks?
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no interest what so ever

I do enjoy space for an understanding of the universe, time, and how trivial humanity is.

I also enjoy a good sci-fi story or film.


But as for humans in space? It makes about as much sense as fish getting is suits filled with water and trying to live on land.

If you look at our planet, fish live in a thin ocean of water that we call oceans
above that is a thin ocean of air, a few miles, we call 'our atmosphere'.

If the earth were the size of an apple, would 'our atmosphere' be any thicker than the peel?
That is the area we can safely exist in.

Leaving it for any length of time is pointless. Why not put fish in space?

There is probably more water in space than oxygen?
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no interest what so ever

I do enjoy space for an understanding of the universe, time, and how trivial humanity is.

I also enjoy a good sci-fi story or film.


But as for humans in space? It makes about as much sense as fish getting is suits filled with water and trying to live on land.

If you look at our planet, fish live in a thin ocean of water that we call oceans
above that is a thin ocean of air, a few miles, we call 'our atmosphere'.

If the earth were the size of an apple, would 'our atmosphere' be any thicker than the peel?
That is the area we can safely exist in.

Leaving it for any length of time is pointless. Why not put fish in space?

There is probably more water in space than oxygen?
Why climb a mountain? Why go fishing when you can go to the supermarket and get the catch of the day?

It's an ~adventure.
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no interest what so ever

I do enjoy space for an understanding of the universe, time, and how trivial humanity is.

I also enjoy a good sci-fi story or film.


But as for humans in space? It makes about as much sense as fish getting is suits filled with water and trying to live on land.

If you look at our planet, fish live in a thin ocean of water that we call oceans
above that is a thin ocean of air, a few miles, we call 'our atmosphere'.

If the earth were the size of an apple, would 'our atmosphere' be any thicker than the peel?
That is the area we can safely exist in.

Leaving it for any length of time is pointless. Why not put fish in space?

There is probably more water in space than oxygen?
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Hotel Space Moon. A Hotel on a Moon in Space, Awesome.


Space will become the new frontier. Like the old west. Time to get up there and start building shit. Who's with me?
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Just for a ride? Sure.

It is about the same thing as scuba diving.


But I just don't believe that humanity can live in space or on other planets for more than short durations, like they do on the space station.
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no interest what so ever

I do enjoy space for an understanding of the universe, time, and how trivial humanity is.

I also enjoy a good sci-fi story or film.


But as for humans in space? It makes about as much sense as fish getting is suits filled with water and trying to live on land.

If you look at our planet, fish live in a thin ocean of water that we call oceans
above that is a thin ocean of air, a few miles, we call 'our atmosphere'.

If the earth were the size of an apple, would 'our atmosphere' be any thicker than the peel?
That is the area we can safely exist in.

Leaving it for any length of time is pointless. Why not put fish in space?

There is probably more water in space than oxygen?
I agree that we inhabit a thin sliver of space that can actually sustain us, but beyond even the thought of exploration and adventure is the eventual death of the Earth. I'm REALLY not big on humankind, but we should keep working toward moving off this planet and into the outer Solar System and beyond. Not because we have so much to offer the Universe, but because we made it out of the tadpole and chimp stage, we seem liking we are making it through the nuclear age, and we owe it to all of those before us to keep evolving and moving on and out (but not spreading like kudzu).

Besides space hotel sex, bring on alien sex. Or at least alien porn!
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I'm just happy that you all didn't jump all over me just because the first thing that popped into my head when I read that blurb was "awesome! sex in space!"

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I agree that we inhabit a thin sliver of space that can actually sustain us, but beyond even the thought of exploration and adventure is the eventual death of the Earth. I'm REALLY not big on humankind, but we should keep working toward moving off this planet and into the outer Solar System and beyond. Not because we have so much to offer the Universe, but because we made it out of the tadpole and chimp stage, we seem liking we are making it through the nuclear age, and we owe it to all of those before us to keep evolving and moving on and out (but not spreading like kudzu).
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