Galactic Suite Space Hotel To Open in 2012, Zero-G Toilets Still a "Challenge"

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It may sound a little Dr. Evil, or just plain far-fetched, but as of now, the Galactic Suite space hotel is a go for 2012. Barcelona-based architect Xavier Claramunt is promising a three-night stay 300 miles in orbit to anyone with 3 million euros ($4.15 million). The package includes shuttle trips to and fro plus an 18-week training program on a Caribbean island. Details surrounding certain creature comforts and necessities are still being ironed out.

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Lest you think Claramunt is just a lone wacko day dreamer, he has company. He claims to be backed by an unnamed US firm whose true intention is to colonize Mars, and thinks this would be a step in the right direction. Claramunt is also in talks with other financiers from Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

The 2012 configuration will be a three-bedroom "boutique hotel" with pods launched from individual rocket missions, then joined up in space. Claramunt says that the system is designed for modularity and expansion "based on the natural growth of a grapevine."

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Though it is not clear exactly what intergalactic shuttle service Claramunt will be using, his concept artwork depicts a shuttle that may be related to SpaceShipOne, so the likely candidate is Virgin Galactic. You spacecraft fans may want to confirm that, or contribute your own analysis.

Claramunt told Reuters that while he believes there are 40,000 people on earth capable of enjoying his luxury offering, his team is still busy solving some problems.

During [their stay] guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and use Velcro suits to crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.

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Reuters also explains that for showering, "guests will enter a spa room in which bubbles of water will float around."

The final frontier is the toilet.

"It's the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge," says Claramunt. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy."

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He did not elaborate, but one wonders if he is going to be asking the well-heeled guests how they feel about suction and drinking their own urine.

The Galactic Suite press release says the space tourists will also take part in scientific experiments, but again, there is no elaboration. I'm thinking Barry White, Hennessy and the right chapters from Robert Heinlein's naughtier sci-fi, and experimentation will just happen, yo.

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To make a reservation, send an e-mail to reservations@galacticsuite.com. (Seriously.)

[Reuters]
[Galactic Suite]
[Interview with Claramunt in Spanish]

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Yeah, I'm also calling bullshit, this guy has absolutely nothing right now unless I'm mistaken (except crazy people who want to colonize Mars?). There is no way that in four years, you can whip something like this together. As for Spaceshiptwo providing the shuttling service it's unlikely as its sub-orbital, which means more it's basically an X-15. Though much much slower.

BY BANMOJO AT 07:13 PM

Whether it's actually true or not, I believe this is a much better use of money than funding wars. This kind of endeavor spawns new discoveries, new technologies; I'm all for it - now if I can just come up with 3 mill euros by 2012 :))

Well, considering this is a privately funded deal, I don't see how that is relevant. You know, the whole comparing it to the funding of wars (which is usually done through tax-payers or other suckers). Now, if you were talking about the ISS, then you would still be failing to make sense. After all the ISS has failed to prove it self and is much more likely to continue just being a drain of resources instead of providing any actual scientific worth. Of course for that you have our lovely politicians to blame, and before that the American people who refuse to hold them accountable in a manner that will keep those bastards in check.

Anyway, nice talk there Mr. Chuckles.