A veil of secrecy has been pulled away to lay bare plans for a space hotel 350 km above Earth to serve wealthy private travelers. The Commercial Space Station is expected to welcome its first guests in 2016.
The company Russian Orbital Technologies announced plans to launch a space hotel almost a year ago, in September 2010 — and now the price-list for the trip has finally been disclosed.
A voyage to the space hotel will not be exactly a budget vacation — a five-day stay at the hotel is expected to cost about US$ 160,000/day. The whole trip, including a two-day transfer to the CSS on the Soyuz space ship will strip your wallet of about US$ 800,000.
The first private space station is set to be an inflatable – and could launch in 2020. United Launch Alliance will team with billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow to market and fly habitats for humans in space, the two revealed today.
An inflatable module based on the Bigelow technology is currently being attached to the International Space Station.
The project hinges on space taxis being developed by SpaceX, Boeing Co and other firms, ULA and Bigelow said on Monday.