August 19, 2011

First look at the Space Hotel offers aliens aplenty, but no booze allowed

Filed under: Cool, Gadgets, Life, Space Ships, Wierd — bferrari @ 2:15 pm

A company called Orbital Technologies has big plans to put a hotel in space, 217 miles above the Earth. Take a look at the cozy station where you could dream among the stars, for a mere $511,000.

Forget spring break trips to Cancun — in the future everyone will holiday in the Commercial Space Station created by Orbital Technologies (assuming it ever gets constructed). Space hotel guests will have access to the stars, via Russian Soyuz rockets. It only costs about $164,000 to stay for five days in the CSS. But getting you there will put you back another large chunk of change. The Daily Mail rounds out the total costs (including travel) to be a around $511,000.

Each room can fit up to seven guests (nestled away in sleeping sacks as the zero gravity makes beds fairly useless). The station also includes a microwave, fridge, a shower cubicle and an air toilet (as a water toilet would be pretty nasty in space). Alcohol is strictly forbidden. Orbital Technologies hopes to have the facility up and running in just five years time — good luck with that!



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