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Galactic Suite is a planned private space station intended for use as an orbital hotel. The company behind the project, Galactic Suite Limited of Barcelona, Spain, plans to have the station operational by 2012, and says that investors have come forward to finance the station. Critics, however, have contended that the stated time-frame is unreasonable and no evidence of hardware has been produced.

 

The station began as a hobby for Xavier Claramunt, director of Galactic Suite Limited and former aerospace engineer. Galactic Suite entered development after an unnamed space enthusiast invested US$3 billion to build the space station. An American company with the goal of colonising Mars has invested in the project, and discussions are reportedly ongoing with additional private investors from Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Designs for Galactic Suite call for a central hub with four modules radiating out, providing three bedrooms for six customers at a time. Claramunt says that while it will be a challenge to design a bathroom that works in microgravity, showers may be taken in a spa room with bubbles of floating water. The issue of moving around in space will be solved by having guests wear suits of Velcro and sticking to the module walls, similar to its use in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The station will orbit the Earth once every 80 minutes, providing 15 day-and-night cycles every 24 hours. Claramunt says that construction of the station will begin in October 2008, and that European company EADS Astrium will be the contractor in charge of building the modules and other equipment.

The company has stated that a three-day stay will cost US$4 million per customer. Included in this cost is an intensive eight week space training course on a tropic island. Company studies have found that 40,000 people worldwide are capable of affording such a stay.

Equip also plan to design a James Bond-style astronaut training spaceport which will be based in the Caribbean. The spaceport will also house a new launch system built with safety and the environment in mind.

Some experts, including Thomas Bouvet (International Astronautical Federation), Mark Homnick (4Frontiers) and Juan de Dalmau (Centro Tecnológico para la Industria Aeronáutica y del Espacio) are skeptics of the project. They have raised concerns that Galactic Suite will be unable to meet the 2012 goal because no hardware has been built and tested. The stated investment to the company is an issue since they have not revealed the identity of their investor, nor does the investment seem to be enough to cover all the project's needs; for example, the suborbital shuttle proposed by EADS Astrium would cost €1 billion, and the transformation of ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle into a craft capable of transporting people to space would cost €2.3 billion. Further, EADS Astrium claims to have no information regarding the Galactic Suite project.

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review by . November 11, 2009
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Ever dream of traveling into space and orbiting around the Earth in your own hotel suite? Of course, everybody does. Alas, I got distracted from my childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut and going boldly where no person has gone before. But seriously, how cool would it be to spend a weekend in your own personal Star Trek holideck?   The Galactic Suite Space Resort opens for business in 2012 and is already taking reservations. For the low, low price of just $4.4 million this space travel …
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
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Sounds like a blast, I think I'll save up for this instead of retirement
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
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Coolest concept for a hotel, ever! Cannot wait to see it come to fruition.
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