The first space hotel for wealthy tourists may appear in Earth orbit by 2025 as part of the International Space Station. In order for the moneybags of the planet to enjoy picturesque views of the Earth, NASA has entered into a historic contract with Axiom Space, a private company. Experts are confident that building a unique hotel in a low Earth orbit can help boost the global economy. How much will it cost to take a selfie against the backdrop of the Earth from the porthole of the ISS?
Hotel in space
One of the most ambitious projects of mankind in the entire history of its existence is deservedly considered the creation of the International Space Station. On November 20, 1998, the first residential module of the future international home was successfully put into orbit on the planet, which sheltered representatives of 19 countries of the world to conduct unique research. Almost 30 years after the start of the implementation of the unique project, NASA specialists intend to present to the general public another grandiose plan, which any holder of several tens of millions in their pocket can see the implementation of.
Axiom Hotel MKS will be ready to hospitably open its gateways for the first space guests in the second half of 2024, according to futurism.com. As part of the capsule, it is also planned to launch a nodal module, a research and production complex, a comfortable unit for crew accommodation and an Earth observatory with panoramic windows to form the hotel segment. The main contractor will be Axiom Space, a private company founded in 2016 by Michael Suffredini, a former NASA employee.
A ticket to the “hotel of the future” will cost private travelers $ 50 million. The cost of an 8-day stay in a hotel in orbit will include high-speed Internet, unobstructed views of the Earth and other various activities in zero gravity.
The construction of new ISS modules, including the hotel one, will be hindered by tense relations between the countries co-owners of the International Space Station. Due to political differences between the United States and Russia, the joint operation of the station could be finally phased out in 2024, which could significantly affect Axiom Space’s plans to develop public space flights. Be that as it may, even if the United States makes an official decision to terminate its work on the ISS, the Axiom hotel will appear anyway. It is known that in this situation, company representatives plan to switch to their own power platform located outside the space station.
In the coming years, the ISS itself may become completely uninhabited. In order to ensure a gradual exit from the international program, Roscosmos is already working on a project of the Russian Orbital Station (ROS), which will include 5 multifunctional modules. Thus, even if the work of the ISS officially stops, the development of the orbital space of our planet will continue one way or another. And not in vain: the presence of unique space structures in the low Earth orbit of the Earth is an extremely important aspect for the further study and conquest of distant space.