the final frontier

Pravda reports the Moscow-based Orbital Technologies has sky-high hopes that its planned Commercial Space Station can serve as a tourism hub for well-heeled travelers and offer “overspill” accommodation for the International Space Station, as well as workspace for science projects.  It should have the so-called space hotel in orbit possibly by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, according the the Associated Press.

A cozy fit, the first module will measure just 20 cubic meters (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 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 promises more comforts than the ISS, but there’s no word yet on any amenities, let alone a space spa.

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