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Space Galactic is reportedly on schedule to open the first commercial space hotel in 2012

The Galactic Suite Space Resort is expected to open the first commercial space hotel by 2012.

If opened, hotel guests would be able to see the sun rise 15 times per day, and would be able to travel around the world in just 80 minutes.  The company said 200 people are reportedly interested in the multi-million dollar stay, with 43 clients already signed up.

Each guest will be able to wear a velcro suit that lets them counter weightlessness in space by sticking to the wall and rooftops of the craft.  Each space pod has room for four passengers and two trained astronauts, as they speed around space at 19,000 m.p.h., according to Galactic Suite Space Resort.

Galactic Suite plans on having one pod in orbit to begin with, but will have additional pods readied if demand increases.  It will take a day and a half to reach the pod, and visitors will be there for three days.

Space tourism remains a growing industry, as a select group of billionaires have paid upwards of $35M for a stay in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).  For those on a budget, Virgin Galactic will let passengers to fly into suborbital space for just $200,000 per trip.

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By Ralos on 11/4/2009 8:38:23 AM , Rating: 4
Seems to me utterly optimistic. Sounds more like hype builder than realistic.

Do they have any part of this builded? Sent in space? Tested there? Cleared by whatever agencies to float in whatever orbit?

This will take more substance for me to get excited.

Not that I would have the money to be a customer...

RE: 2012?
By UNCjigga on 11/4/2009 8:47:59 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously--how does one get there and back? Is transportation included in the $2 mil? Their mockup graphic shows the space shuttle--will that still be in use in 2012?

RE: 2012?
By superPC on 11/4/2009 9:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it's not that far off as you thought. Space X dragon ( is planned to be ready for launched before space shuttle final flight. and Space X will also launched sundancer (test bed for all system of the actual Bigelow Aerospace own hotel module BA 330) in 2011. now Space X and Bigelow Aerospace were usually good on their promises. so an orbiting space hotel ready for costumer by 2012 is entirely feasible.

RE: 2012?
By kattanna on 11/4/2009 9:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
i agree that with only 2 years and a month to go to 2012, even with those companies, im not seeing the reality of that timeline.

i would sooo love to be wrong though.

RE: 2012?
By TMV192 on 11/4/2009 10:17:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's true that they've been in contact with SpaceX for the hotel delivery but SpaceX themselves say that they are 3 years away from a man-rated Dragon, so it's cutting it pretty close

RE: 2012?
By stromgald30 on 11/4/2009 4:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Theoretically, they're probably on track for 2-3 years, but I wouldn't put more than a 10% chance on it happening in 2012.

Getting a human survivable space launch is not as simple as it seems, and just like SpaceX's Falcon 1, it probably will take at least a few tries for them to get it right. I'd bet on 2014-ish. That's still much better than NASA though.

RE: 2012?
By JonnyDough on 11/5/2009 10:23:16 AM , Rating: 1
When you consider that nearly 50 years ago the SR-71 was commissioned and regularly flew subspace flights and that the space shuttle was going to the moon, I don't think its so improbable that we have craft that can carry a few passengers to subspace now. The costs of putting a few tourists in space today should be less today than what it cost the SR-71 to do missions then.

RE: 2012?
By JediJeb on 11/4/2009 10:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
They have already launched two inflatable modules into orbit for testing, the last was two years ago.

So the only thing I see holding them back is the man rated launch vehicle from SpaceX, and I wouldn't count them out yet either.

RE: 2012?
By FITCamaro on 11/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: 2012?
By Souka on 11/4/2009 6:33:14 PM , Rating: 3
Hey FITCamaro... Does your life now feel more complete pointing that out?

Probably so...

RE: 2012?
By Ralos on 11/4/2009 7:36:09 PM , Rating: 2

60 mile high club?
By Slappi on 11/4/2009 9:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm.... sex in space with velcro suits on... hmmmm....

What the hell... it's only money.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By werfu on 11/4/2009 10:05:59 AM , Rating: 2
Having a couple of millions to spend I would surely do it. Sex in space seems so nice!

RE: 60 mile high club?
By drebo on 11/4/2009 10:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
Except that you're not alone in the pods...there are trained astronauts with you, at least according to the article.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By 67STANG on 11/4/2009 10:27:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yikes. Now that sounds like a sticky situation.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By FITCamaro on 11/4/2009 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 1

Nice one man. :)

RE: 60 mile high club?
By Manch on 11/4/2009 10:35:15 AM , Rating: 5
Good, they can hold the cameras. At several million $$, I'm recording it.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By inperfectdarkness on 11/4/2009 4:31:18 PM , Rating: 1
double that figure. unless you're paying for the woman of your choosing to get up there--you're going to end up boinking a woman who LOOKS like an alien. an unattractive alien.

the track record of women in space is not one laced with sex-symbols.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By CarbonJoe on 11/4/2009 4:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about that, 7 of 9 was pretty hot.

RE: 60 mile high club?
By Belard on 11/5/2009 6:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
When you can AFFORD to spend millions to spend 3 Days in space...

then YES, you can AFFORD to bring (rent) a 9~10(score) looking girl with you. And yes, you're going to BANG her brains out in orbit and video tape it by the onboard pros.

Note: When they have 4~12 pods... there will not be to PROs per pod... what for?

Screw the Mile-High club... :)

RE: 60 mile high club?
By Souka on 11/4/2009 6:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the astronauts can be trained to hold a camera and c-light just fine....


Where's the Pool?
By Nyamekye on 11/4/2009 8:18:48 AM , Rating: 4
I wonder how many stars a space hotel would be?

RE: Where's the Pool?
By MrPoletski on 11/4/2009 9:13:50 AM , Rating: 4
I don't know, but if you land on mine you'll be needing to mortgage your mars colony to pay for it.

RE: Where's the Pool?
By diego10arg on 11/4/2009 7:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'm quite sure they won't have any walk-in...

At least I hope so!

Space Baby
By chaos7 on 11/4/2009 10:40:06 AM , Rating: 2
Now that baby could be conceived in space, I am curious if some rogue millionaire is going to have a love child up there, pay for the mistress to stay in space for 9 months, so that we can see what happens to a baby grown completely in a weightless atmosphere.

RE: Space Baby
By Disenchanted on 11/4/2009 6:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
That'd be a lot of money for a child that might not even make it to term, and even then, it quite possibly wouldn't be able to survive Earth's gravity. Nah, IMHO only the activities that lead to a baby would be worth it.

RE: Space Baby
By grath on 11/4/2009 8:25:14 PM , Rating: 1
This is actually a very serious problem. The short (and short-term) answer is that a pregnancy must not be allowed to occur in space. If it does occur, it either must be aborted or the mother must immediately return to Earth, which might endanger both mother and embryo during reentry, and may not be possible at all on an interplanetary mission.

If a fetus were allowed to develop and come to term in anything less than Earth gravity, that child inherently becomes the subject of risky experimentation on a human. Aside from the mere thought of that being appaling to most reasonable people, such a child might never be able to return to Earth, would undoubtedly have any number of physical and health issues, if it even survives at all.

In the long-term, assuming that atmospheric reentry is not an option for the mother, the solution requires rotating space habitats that simulate Earth level gravity. Get the pregnant mother in 1g as quickly as possible, where she will remain through the pregnancy, then the child must stay until it is old and strong enough to withstand a reentry to Earth. Presumably the mother (and father hopefully) will live and work on the space station until such time.

Basically, you get pregnant in space, you just bought your family an apartment in Lagrangian Space City for 10 years. But before that city is there, if you get pregnant in space you probably ruin a billion dolllar mission and kill your embryo on reentry anyway.

Even longer-term, when we colonize planets people will have kids there, no stopping it. Will people from Mars be taller? And from the Moon taller still? Or weaker? Bone densities? What about after a few generations?

If humans are forced to adapt to a significantly different environment, evolution suggests that such populations will undergo speciation. The gene pools wont be isolated, there will always be more input from Earth immigrants, but eventually distinct subspecies will emerge. Homo sapiens sapiens will coexist and interbreed with H. s. lunaris, H. s. martius, and the space-borne H. s. icarius

RE: Space Baby
By grath on 11/4/2009 8:32:46 PM , Rating: 2
On second thought about homo sapiens icarius, since we are mucking about with our genetics anyway, if I wanted to adapt my species to zero-g I would engineer out the legs and put another pair of arms down there. Arms useful in zero-g, legs not so much.

RE: Space Baby
By ViroMan on 11/4/2009 10:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
bah... just put in a pair of chimpanzee hairless like legs. They walk on them and can use them like hands.

The question is...
By bradmshannon on 11/4/2009 8:58:43 AM , Rating: 2
Can you keep the towels and how much will they charge you?

RE: The question is...
By MrPoletski on 11/4/2009 9:14:42 AM , Rating: 2
Fortunately, there are systems in place to deal with the charge buildup when moving through the ionosphere...

RE: The question is...
By grath on 11/4/2009 7:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Evian from the minibar: $13,000

In-room WiFi access: $40,000 per day

Matching his-and-hers spacesuits: $850,000

Man-rated Falcon 1 booster: $9 million

Getting your ass stuck in the vacuum toilet: Priceless

Talk about lost in space...
By Farva on 11/5/2009 12:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
Imagine if one misses the shuttle on the way to dock...

RE: Talk about lost in space...
By Belard on 11/5/2009 6:51:55 AM , Rating: 2
Where would these guys get a shuttle.

Yeah, we know NASA is retiring the fleet... but I dont think they are for sale.

"Pre-Owned Shuttles! Pennies on the dollar! Buy today!"

(Launch pad not included)

By JediJeb on 11/4/2009 11:54:09 AM , Rating: 3
If they can make good on this date or even hit close to it, that just might be the thing the makes space travel jump to the next level.

Think about it, Christopher Columbus made a state sponsored trip across the Atlantic Ocean, then a few other military and state sponsored expeditions followed. But once there was a reason for commerce the ocean was covered with ships and has been ever since. Launching satelites will never be enough to make space travel thrive, but start tourism or manufacturing processes and I believe there will be leaps forward we can't imagine. Just like the original space race of the 60s once we again have a major driving force we can get things done. Too few people want to go into space soley for science, that is why it has languished for so long. Imagine if a cosmetics company finds out they can make better products in a low gravity environment, they would pour tons of money into space tech. It sounds far fetched but if the payoff is good enough the focus will be there.

I hope these guys succeed beyond everyones wildest dreams, and maybe even come in ahead of schedule. I for one would like to see at least Lunar travel be somewhat common in my lifetime. The technology is there or at least close, the only thing lacking is the drive and purpose.

2012? Not likely
By Bateluer on 11/4/2009 8:37:38 AM , Rating: 2
2112, maybe.

2012... I call B.S.
By mattclary on 11/4/2009 8:54:45 AM , Rating: 2
2012... I call B.S.

By Crazyeyeskillah on 11/4/2009 11:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
SPACE HOOKERS! low grav is the only way to blow.

It will open!
By rudolphna on 11/4/2009 4:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
On December 21st 2012. Just in time for the really famous person aboard to be killed by massive radiation burst that kills everybody aboard, ending any hope of space travel forever.

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