Future of travel? space hotel to open to tourists in 2012!

The first space tourists will be able to enjoy three-night stays on a pod from 2012. The first hotel in space will be open for business and accepting tourists by 2012 after an anonymous billionaire space enthusiast granted $3billion to finance the project. But future space visitors will have to pack their credit cards as the Galactic Suite Space Resort will charge 3 million euros for a three-night stay and eight-week training course on a tropical island before the trip.Despite doubts about the cost and time frame of the project, more than 200 people have expressed an interest in the trip and 43 have already made a reservation. During their stay, guests will see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes. They will wear velcro suits so they can crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.Xavier Claramunt, CEO of Galactic Suite Ltd and 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 that 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. Galactic Suite Ltd, set up in 2007, hopes to start its project with a single pod in orbit 280 miles above the earth, traveling at over 18,000 miles 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 – and there will be no staff to greet travellers.’When the passengers arrive in the rocket, they will join it for three days, rocket and capsule. With this we create in the tourist a confidence that he hasn’t been abandoned. After three days the passenger returns to the transport rocket and returns to earth,’ he said. Galactic Suite is not the only company looking at space tourism as the future of travel.

Spaceport America, based in New Mexico, is the 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 £120,000 a ride.Around 300 people have already paid or signed up for Sir Richard’s space trips.The final frontier: Sir Richard Branson christens the WhiteKnight2 (WK2) ‘mother ship’ which will enable commercial space travel. Reaching for the stars? First space hotel will launch in 2012, claim architects. The first ever space hotel will be launched in 2012, say architects – and will cost £2.7million for a three-night stay. The eye-watering price will include an eight-week training course on a tropical island, before launching to The Galactic Suite Space Resort.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. A three-night stay at the Galactic Suite Space Resort will cost £2.7million.Critic have questioned the investment and time frame for the multi-billion pound project, but the Barcelona-based architects insist hey are on target for a grand opening in three years time. The companies CEO, Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace engineer, said the infant industry had a huge future ahead of it, and predicted space travel will become very common in the future. ‘It’s very normal to think that your children, possibly within 15 years, could spend a weekend in space,’ he said. 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 £120,000 a ride. Galactic Suite Ltd, set up in 2007, hopes to start its project with a single pod in orbit 280 miles above Earth, travelling at 18,640mph, with the capacity to hold four guests and two astronaut-pilots.CEO, Xavier Claramunt, insists his luxury resort will be ready to receive guests by 2012.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 three days, rocket and capsule. With this we create in the tourist a confidence that he hasn’t been abandoned. ‘After three days the passenger returns to the transport rocket and returns to Earth,’ he said.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 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 £1.8billion to finance the project. news from dailymail.co.uk


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