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Floating in a most peculiar way: Russian firm outlines space hotel plans

Floating in a most peculiar way: Russian firm outlines space hotel plans

Orbital Technologies has released further details of its plan to offer guests accommodation at the first space hotel.

Situated some 350 kilometres above the earth, the Commercial Space Station (CSS) will have accommodation for seven guests and will be serviced by the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.

Planes were first revealed last year, with more details offered at the MAKS 2011 Airshow earlier.

Chief executive of Orbital Technologies, Sergey Kostenko said: “Once launched and operational, the CSS will provide a unique destination for commercial, state and private spaceflight exploration missions.

“The CSS will be a valuable addition to the global base of orbital assets.

“We look forward to working with corporate entities, state governments and private individuals from around the world.”

CSS will be a hub for commercial activity, scientific research and development in low Earth orbit

Orbital Technologies said it has received interested from different segments of industry and the scientific community, representing such areas as medical research and protein crystallisation, materials processing, and the geographic imaging and remote sensing industry.

Kostenko added: “We also have proposals for the implementation of media projects.”

Guests will be expected to pay roughly $1 million for a five night stay.

“We consider the CSS a very interesting project, encouraging private participation,” added Vitaly Davydov, deputy head of Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation.

“It will attract private investment for the Russian space industry.”