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Russian Entrepreneur Hopes to Launch First Space Hotel

14. October 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Russia undoubtedly has an impressive history of space achievements. However, Sergei Kostenko, entrepreneur and CEO of Orbital Technologies, hopes to add to the list by launching the first space hotel into orbit. 

The Commercial Space Station (CSS) will be designed to accommodate non-astronaut space visitors. Current space tourists (seven, so far) must squeeze into Russia’s International Space Station (ISS) which is not exactly comfortable or roomy.

"The ISS was designed to carry out scientific and research work at the request of the government,” said Kostenko. “We plan to create a space hotel. Our planned module inside will not remind you of the ISS. A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes."

Kostenko hopes the first module will be complete by 2012 or 2013. The module will have four cabins, fit up to 7 passengers, and measure a total of 706 cubic feet. If all goes well, a Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the space hotel module into orbit in late 2015 or early 2016. Kostenko, of course, hopes the CSS will be the first space hotel, but knows that many other companies are working towards that same goal.

There’s no word on how much the space hotel project will cost, although it’s expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. According to Konstenko, a number of American and Russian investors have signed on. 


Source: ABC News