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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Virgin Galactic Negotiates With Bigelow on Space Hotel

Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace based in Las Vegas, NV. and owner of the Budget Suites of America Hotel Chain among other enterprises, has been in private talks with Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson and aerospace designer legend Burt Rutan about the prospects of building a an on-orbit space hotel.

"We are talking to people who are developing hotels for space. We are also talking to people who are developing launch craft to get hotels into space. People know that we can turn something that might seem a bit bizarre into a commercial reality. Personally, I think there's a demand for space hotels," Branson said while in Dubai last week discussing a new spaceport venture there.

Bigelow will launch a habitat prototype on a Dnepr booster from ISC Kosmotras, a Russian and Ukrainian rocket-for-hire company in 2007. Bigelow has hoped to launch with Elon Musk's less-than-perfect Falcon 1.


chattymoon2012 said...

You don't know me by I came to visit via Clance' MacCallahan's blog.Her dream is to go and spend time in space. I was 15 in 1969 and also watched those grainy black-and-white pictures on TV. Everything seemed so promising then. We should be on our way to the stars by now! (Yes I am a long-time fan of the Golden Age of Science Fiction). I hope we see these hotels in our lifetime. I also hope, even tho I have health problems, that I could find a way to visit and see "The Big Blue Marble" from outer space. Take care..Linda

jl said...

When will they be building a Lunar Lodge? I keep seeing advertisements for "Lunar Lodge: The Last Best Space" and am wondering if this is a legitimate enterprise.

Ana G. said...

dont you have to like, take tests and stuff?