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Space Hotel 2012

Postby The Reaper » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:49 pm UTC

http://www.physorg.com/news176632968.html
The first orbiting space hotel is on track to open for its first customers in 2012, but hurry, as bookings are filling fast.

The cost of three nights on the Galactic Suite Space Resort (plus a two-month training course on a Caribbean island beforehand) will be $4.4 million US. At least 43 people have already reserved their place, with over 200 expressing an interest.

Guests would circumnavigate the globe every 80 minutes and see the sun rise 15 times a day. They would get around their "pod" rooms by wearing Velcro suits that stick them to the walls to enable them to crawl.

CEO of the Barcelona-based company Galactic Suite Ltd, Xavier Claramunt, said the hotel would make his company a leader in the fledgling industry, which he believes has a great future, with space tourism becoming commonplace. Claramunt, formerly an aerospace engineer, said that within perhaps only 15 years, it could be quite normal to spend a weekend in space.

The Galactic Suite Space Resort plans to start with one pod holding four passengers and two astronaut pilots. The pod would orbit 280 miles (450 km) above the earth and travel at 18,640 mph (30,000 kph). Passengers would take a day and a half to reach the pod by Russian-built rocket, after blasting off from a spaceport on a Caribbean island. The rocket would dock with the pod for their entire stay to give the guests a sense of security. At the end of their stay the passengers would return to the rocket for the trip back to earth.

Claramunt said the project had received an anonymous grant of $3 billion given to the company by a space enthusiast billionaire. Critics have questioned the timeframe, but the company is confident it is on track for the 2012 opening.

Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in New Mexico. This will be the first facility for space flights for commercial and private passengers. Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tour company will offer rides to suborbital space from the spaceport for $200,000. Bookings are pouring in, with 300 people already having signed up or paid in advance.
Wtf? I didn't even know there was plans for a space hotel. Which is strange, because I usually .

edit:fix'd article. slight geography discrepancy.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby folkhero » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:10 pm UTC

The first orbiting space hotel is on track to open for its first customers in 2012, but hurry, as bookings are filling fast.

I guess everyone wants the best seats in the house to watch the apocalypse.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Will » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:46 pm UTC

I strongly doubt that it'll actually be operating by 2012, but who knows? I'm all for space tourism, and if things are actually moving this quickly, that's pretty awesome.

Unrelated, but WTF?
The Reaper wrote:Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico.

Um, it's being built in New Mexico. Which is not in Mexico.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby frezik » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:04 pm UTC

Will wrote:Unrelated, but WTF?
The Reaper wrote:Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico.

Um, it's being built in New Mexico. Which is not in Mexico.


Just as noteworthy, New Mexico is not actually in outer space. I get that bit of geography confused all the time.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Roĝer » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:23 pm UTC

It's not? I thought it was blown into space with the Trinity test.

Anyway, if these things actually take place then it seems the future has already begun.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby The Utilitarian » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:45 pm UTC

Seems like this is the sort of thing that ought to follow the space elevator, not precede it. I'm sure the environmentalists are THRILLED at the idea of the emissions and resources required for getting regular groups of space tourists into orbit.

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby BlackSails » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:48 pm UTC

I wish had 4 million dollars to spare.

Edit: I bet the anonmyous investor is Richard Branson

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Vieto » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:33 pm UTC

frezik wrote:
Will wrote:Unrelated, but WTF?
The Reaper wrote:Another space tourism project under construction is Spaceport America, being built in Mexico.

Um, it's being built in New Mexico. Which is not in Mexico.


Just as noteworthy, New Mexico is not actually in outer space. I get that bit of geography confused all the time.


The Earth is in outer space. New mexico and Canada is part of Earth. Therefore, New Mexico and Canada are in outer space :D

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Briareos » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:38 pm UTC

Roĝer wrote:It's not? I thought it was blown into space with the Trinity test.
No, no; the Trinity test just set the entire atmosphere on fire.

Anyway, space tourism would be sweet, but having actual business in space would be even sweeter, since then the natives wouldn't treat you like some tourist.
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Postby MikeBabaguh » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:Edit: I bet the anonmyous investor is Richard Branson

That was my first thought.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Walter.Horvath » Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:04 pm UTC

Briareos wrote:
Roĝer wrote:It's not? I thought it was blown into space with the Trinity test.
No, no; the Trinity test just set the entire atmosphere on fire.

Anyway, space tourism would be sweet, but having actual business in space would be even sweeter, since then the natives wouldn't treat you like some tourist.

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Sharlos » Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:56 am UTC

Didn't this place make the same claim 2 years ago? I'm doubtful until they provide details.

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Postby scrovak » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:28 am UTC

I also suspected it was Branson. My question is, how witll the world tax this? I can't imagine taxes would be strictly from their caribbean space port, as the emissions are globally focused at that point.
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Postby Arancaytar » Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:15 am UTC

folkhero wrote:
The first orbiting space hotel is on track to open for its first customers in 2012, but hurry, as bookings are filling fast.

I guess everyone wants the best seats in the house to watch the apocalypse.


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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Protector1 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:42 am UTC

MikeBabaguh wrote:
BlackSails wrote:Edit: I bet the anonmyous investor is Richard Branson

That was my first thought.


I really don't think so. If he did he would be funding his competitors. If he had $2 billion to throw into space travel why wouldn't it be in Virgin Galactic?
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby BlackSails » Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Protector1 wrote:
MikeBabaguh wrote:
BlackSails wrote:Edit: I bet the anonmyous investor is Richard Branson

That was my first thought.


I really don't think so. If he did he would be funding his competitors. If he had $2 billion to throw into space travel why wouldn't it be in Virgin Galactic?


3 Billion was probably enough to get a controlling interest in the company

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby scrovak » Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:30 am UTC

Plus, if you own your own company, AND that much of your competitor's, then you pretty much have a stranglehold on the industry, yes?
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Kain » Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:49 am UTC

Either that or Mr. Branson made someone angry, and they funded his competition out of spite.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Zamfir » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:37 pm UTC

I'd say it's pretty obvious did not get a 3 billion dollar anonymous grant. The whole wildly optimistic story is basically a cry for investors, and if they actually had a serious backer (even for way less than 3 billion) they wouldn't need those. In that case, they would only come out when there was actually something to show.

This is a fine example of a high-tech project named a "scam". You try to look just serious enough that some idiots actually give you money, not millions but thousands. After all, they can hardly lose if there is 3 billion invested already? Magazines that publish stories abotu such companies now very well that it's bollocks, but they have to fill their pages in some way, and these companies produce nice 3D CAD pictures.

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Omegaton » Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:41 pm UTC

Is it just me, or is the use of velcro and crawling around probably the least cool method they could have chosen? I want to be floating weightlessly up and down those hallways, with maybe my hand on a railing at most.

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Postby Briareos » Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:44 pm UTC

That was what I noticed too. What's the point of being weightless if you're just going to be crawling around? You'll get all of the disorientation with none of the fun of floating.
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Postby Freakish » Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:25 pm UTC

Briareos wrote:That was what I noticed too. What's the point of being weightless if you're just going to be crawling around? You'll get all of the disorientation with none of the fun of floating.


I think the Velcro would be a good idea as long as it's not a full suit. Just a little piece at the end of your sleeves so you can grip a wall.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Gelsamel » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:18 pm UTC

It would be hilarious if two people got stuck together while floating.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Briareos » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:29 pm UTC

Gelsamel wrote:It would be hilarious if two people got stuck together while floating.
Presumably that could be avoided as long as all people have one well I don't know how you say parity of velcro, and the walls or handholds or what-have-you have the opposite parity.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Gelsamel » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:32 pm UTC

Briareos wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:It would be hilarious if two people got stuck together while floating.
Presumably that could be avoided as long as all people have one well I don't know how you say parity of velcro, and the walls or handholds or what-have-you have the opposite parity.


Yeah, I'd assume so. Still it hilarious to think about that actually happening.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby PhoenixRider » Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:08 am UTC

Ehh, I don't think this will be successful.
It seems as if every time they throw a rocket up in space there's a small issue that could jeopardize every astronaut in it. So getting a hotel up in space? Yikes.

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Ivora » Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:46 am UTC

This stirs me greatly.

I hope one day... I will be able to gaze down on the great beauty of this blue marble. :cry:

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Phoenix112358 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:50 am UTC

It'd be freaky seeing the sunrise 15 times a day o_O. I mean, you probably have shutters so you can sleep more easily but still, when you're out and about with the windows uncovered it's going to be freaky.

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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby Internetmeme » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:03 pm UTC

PhoenixRider wrote:Ehh, I don't think this will be successful.
It seems as if every time they throw a rocket up in space there's a small issue that could jeopardize every astronaut in it. So getting a hotel up in space? Yikes.

Just wait until we colonize the moon! Apparently, NASA wants to have a small outpost up there by 2020.

This is probably why the apocolypse is going to happen in 2012; by the time humanity has left earth for better places, we will be a pain in the ass to all kill.
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Re: Space Hotel 2012

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:57 am UTC

Hehe "Space Hotel 2012" sort of rhymes, and sounds like some sort of cheesy 80s scifi series. :mrgreen:

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