Galactic Suite have revealed that plans to open the first hotel in space are on schedule and The Galactic Suite Space Resort will be open for business and accepting tourists by 2012.
The news follows hard on the revelation that an anonymous billionaire space enthusiast has granted $3billion to finance the project.
But it’s not a bargain stay. The Barcelona-based architects of 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 before the trip.
There are considerable doubts about the cost and time frame of the project but more than 200 people have expressed an interest in the trip and 43 have already made a reservation.
Xavier Claramunt, CEO of Galactic Suite believes space tourism will become common place, “If you find out about the technology that already exists and the advances that have been made, it’s quite normal to think that your children, possibly within 15 years, could spend a weekend in space.”
“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.
Galactic Suite 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 get there and there will be no staff.