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Orbital Technologies plans hotel for space tourists

Russian firm to build space hotel

Sep 30, 2010

Russian firm has announced it will have a space hotel in orbit possibly by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.

Pravda reports that the Moscow-based Orbital Technologies has sky-high hopes that its planned Commercial Space Station can serve as a tourism hub for well-heeled travellers and offer overspill accommodation for the International Space Station and workspace for science projects.

According to the Associated Press, the firm plans to launch a seven-room station by 2016 but may decrease or increase that capacity based on customer demand.

A cosy fit, the first module will measure just 20 cubic metres (706 cubic feet) and have four cabins, designed for up to seven passengers, who would go into orbit using the Soyuz shuttle, chief executive Kostenko said.

Up to now space tourists, who have included the Canadian founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, have squeezed into the International Space Station (ISS) along with cosmonauts and animal life including fruit flies.

The new hotel will offer more comforts than the ISS, Kostenko said.

Russian firm to build space hotel
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Source: AP/AFP/Pravda

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