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Mark Your Calendars and Pack Your Bags

by Jen (writer), San Fernando Valley, August 10, 2007

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And don’t forget to check the balance in your checkbook, because the vacation I’m talking about won’t be cheap. But how much is too much for a chance to circle the globe in 80 minutes, see the sun rise 15 times per day, and crawl around on the ceiling like Peter Parker? If you said $4.1 million dollars then you’re in luck because a 3 day stay at the “Galactic Suite” space hotel will only cost you $4 million.

(Or as Dr. Evil would say: Four miiiiiilion dollars)

The Galactic Suite project began as a joke. The kind of thing you discuss with fellow Star Wars fans while indulging in one too many adult beverages with your good friend Mary Jane. But, when a fellow space enthusiast decided to front most of the $3 billion dollars in capital needed to make Barcelona based architect Xavier Claramunts’ space hotel a reality he stopped laughing and started planning.

The seven by four meter pod shaped rooms will be assembled here on earth before being loaded onto rockets for their journey into space. The biggest challenge to the team is the zero-gravity bathrooms. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy" says Claramunt. Once assembled, the hotel will resemble a molecular model of the chemical structure of water complete with a docking port for the guests’ shuttle rocket.

"There is fear associated with going into space," said Claramunt. "That's why the shuttle rocket will remain fixed to the space hotel for the duration of the guests' stay, so they know they can get home again.”

One can only hope they’ll be sending a rocket-repairman along for the ride.

And who will be booking a $4 million dollar space vacation you ask? While Claramunt won’t comment on the identity of his benefactor he is well aware of who will be staying at the “Galactic Suite”.

"We have calculated that there are 40,000 people in the world who could afford to stay at the hotel. Whether they will want to spend money on going into space, we just don't know."

That represents 0.0006% of the world population…in case you were wondering.

The hotel is expected to open for business in 2012. In addition to 3 days in orbit guests will spend 8-weeks training for their journey on a tropical island at a “James Bond-style” space camp. And, with all that money floating around security is sure to be tight. No word on who will keep these billionaire guests safe and sound, though now that the Star Wars saga is complete, my money is on un-employed Storm Troopers.

For those of us with a less than impressive balance sheet, a six day stay at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centers Adult Space Academy will run you a mere $900 dollars. There you can experience four G’s of force in a simulated blast off, take a moon-walk in their 1/6th Gravity Trainer, and feel what it’s like to ride a shuttle out of control in the Multi-Axis Trainer.

Though, they don’t actually fly you into space.


http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL1089156420070810?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&pageNumber=2&sp=true
http://w3.bcn.es/V42/Home/V42HomeLinkPl/0,3555,83057194830705303_224292033,00.html?accio=detall


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4 comments on Mark Your Calendars and Pack Your Bags

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By Geddy on August 10, 2007 at 08:56 pm
Jen, I think you should treat all your readers to a trip a la Oprah. You can put me down first!
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By Jen on August 11, 2007 at 12:07 pm
Well, since they only take 6 guests at a time I might be able to swing it. I think I have $24 million laying around somewhere. yeah.
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By Jen on August 13, 2007 at 01:26 pm
Yeah...and I just bet Ms. Hilton (who could afford it) has no desire to do something so honestly cool (and HOT) as go into space. Then again...that's seems to be where she lives (and all that's seems to be between her ears) so maybe it wouldn't be much of a vacation for her. I've never had Tang. My mother, while not opposed to giving me Tab, had some problem with Tang. I'm going to have to ask her about that someday...
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By Adiba88 on June 30, 2014 at 02:11 am

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