Intergalactic stay: New hotel to offer ‘out of this world’ experience
“THERE’S a starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds,” sang David Bowie in his hit 1972 song. One hotel group is making meeting that starman a reality as it prepares to open an inflatable space hotel.
If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling into space, but don’t have the time to train with Nasa, then this is your chance to get as close to the stars as your schedule will allow you.
Bigelow Space Operations plans to a launch an inflatable space habitat in 2021. This new hotel is the brainchild of billionaire hotel mogul, Robert Bigelow.
We are excited for @NASA's commercial partnerships focus, especially for low Earth orbit. Together, Bigelow Aerospace and Bigelow Space Operations are ready to lead the charge for human spaceflight commercialization. pic.twitter.com/vsnrG8JH2g
— Bigelow Space Ops (@bigelowspaceops) February 20, 2018
Bigelow is already in the galaxy business with Bigelow Aerospace which manufactures inflatable space stations in the US.
This new venture will come just as the International Space Station winds down between 2025 and 2028. Bigelow Aerospace aims to create Earth-orbit habitats that could one day dwarf the already established space stations.
The company is currently conducting market research to gauge the demand for these space stations.
“We intend to spend millions of dollars this year in drilling down, hopefully, to a conclusion one way or the other as to what the global market is going to look like,” Bigelow said in a teleconference with reporters earlier this week. “We expect to finish that investigation by the end of this year.”
The project is open to anyone who has a healthy bank account and wants to be a pioneer of space hotels.
The details, which have been already released, reveal the hotel will be made up of two 17-meter inflatable modules called B330-1 and B330-2. They are set to orbit at around 403km above Earth. The space hotel will also be hiring out room for governments to conduct space experiments.
A stay at this new hotel is predicted to cost you an eight-figure sum, and for that amount, you could probably buy a small paradise island.
But even a small paradise island won’t give you an out of this world experience as Bigelow Space Operations promises to.
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