First space hotel to launch by 2016

IN the August issue (224), GTO revealed Virgin Galactic’s plans for sub-orbital flights and now Russian firm Orbital Technologies has announced plans for the world’s first hotel in space – in orbit 217 miles above Earth!

A mock up of the world’s first Commercial Space Station.

A mock up of the world’s first Commercial Space Station.

Accompanied by experienced crew, the Commercial Space Station will accommodate seven guests in four cabins, with large windows for views of the Earth turning below.
The journey there will take two days aboard a Soyuz rocket and a five-day stay will cost you £100,000 – that’s on top of the £500,000 you will have to part with for the journey itself!
Due to open by 2016, guests can choose beds that are either vertical or horizontal and, rather than freeze-dried astronaut food, will be served braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean puree, potato soup and plum compote. Alcohol will be strictly prohibited.

For further information

Visit www.orbitaltechnologies.ru