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Sunday, August 12, 2007

European Commercial Space Hotel Venture Ready by 2012?

SPACEPORTS: A Barcelona, Spain-based multibillion dollar venture called Galactic Suite says it will open a space hotel by 2012 enabling space tourists to remit $4+ million for a 3-day stay aboard the orbital equivalent of a three-bedroom boutique hotel, according to various reports.

The ticket price would include 18 weeks of preparation for space on a tropical island, the flight to space and back, three nights in a hotel 450 kilometres from the earth in space, and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes, so in 24 hours the sun will rise and set behind our planet 15 times.

Xavier Claramunt, who runs Catalan company Galactic Suite Projects, estimates around 40,000 people in the world will be rich enough to buy a capsule at the hotel. The design would be capable of accommodating 350 guests a year.

"There is fear associated with going into space," said Claramunt. "That's why the shuttle rocket will remain fixed to the space hotel for the duration of the guests' stay, so they know they can get home again."

Private investors from the United, the United Arab Emirates and Japan are in talks in joining the Barcelona-based project. It is reported that a space enthusiast has decided to make the science fiction fantasy a reality by fronting most of the $3 billion needed to build the hotel. MORE IMAGES of the design for Galactic Suite .

2 comments:

dan said...

This is a fake news story, it is pure PR gimmick. Look at the weasel words: claims, says, maybe, might, could, could be, asserts, maybe, claims, etc.

That Reuters fell for this PR gimmick to promote an architectural firm in Spain boggles the mind. This hotel will not fly in 2012, and never. This was just a PR gimmick to get free publicity for the architect. More power to him, he pulled the wool over Reuters' eyes, and reporter Pascale Harter must pay better attention. By the way, there's a bridge for sale ... in Brooklyn!

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