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Hoteliers Race to Offer Stays to Tourists in Orbit

“Tired of your ordinary earthly holidays? Soon you would possibly be able to board a rocket and get a room…

By Emelia Murison , in News Space , at December 2, 2019 3:20 AM EST Tags: , ,

“Tired of your ordinary earthly holidays? Soon you would possibly be able to board a rocket and get a room with a view – of the entire planet – from a hotel in space,” sales pitch of several firms racing to open hotels in orbit read.

“It sounds crazy to us today because it’s not a reality yet,” mentioned Frank Bunger, founding father of U.S. aerospace agency Orion Span, one of the firms vying to take travelers out of this world.

U.S. multimillionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first paying space tourist in 2001, traveling to the International Space Station boarding a Russian Soyuz rocket for $20 million.

Since then, firms like Boeing, SpaceX, and Blue Origin have been working on methods to bring the stars into reach for more individuals – opening up a brand new enterprise frontier for would-be space hoteliers.

NASA declared in June that it plans to permit two individuals a year to remain at the ISS at the cost of about $35,000 per night for a month. The first mission might be as early as 2020.

However, the rising movement has raised questions about the adequacy of present space laws, which primarily deal with exploration and keeping the space free of weapons, not hotels and holidaymakers.

Orion Span plans to host the first company on its Aurora Station – a capsule-shaped spacecraft the dimensions of a private jet – by 2024, stated Bunger.

Guided by a crew member, up to five travelers at a time would fly up to the station for a 12-day stay costing at least $9.5 million per person, he stated.