Galactic Suite: Space Hotel Gets 38 Reservations For 2012

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The Galactic Suite space hotel looks like it’s still on track for a 2012 launch with 38 travelers making reservations for the trip at 3 million pounds ($5.6 million) a head. The millionaires will travel 300 miles into space and experience weightlessness activities, space sports and a sunrise every 45 minutes.

The ambitious project was widely reported in the media this time last year and the planned launch date is unchanged. The cost of getting on board seems to have risen though – it was previously reported as being just over $4 million per head.

All travelers will get an 18 week holiday on a Caribbean Island prior to the trip which will include training programs to get them prepared for the flight. After the private shuttle ride, the space tourists would use Velcro suits which stick to the walls (like Spiderman) to help them get around in the weightless environment. What ever happened to space swimming?

Galactic Suite have said they are aiming to be the world’s largest chain of space resorts and want to open up space travel to the general public. There don’t seem to be any real-world photos of the project yet (just the conceptual art) so let’s just take it one step at a time, huh?

Galactic Suite and TechRadar
From 2007: Gizmodo and Reuters

Comments (7 Responses):


wow i wanna go their (too bad its not invented) but i wanna be an Astronaut 😀 (or a teache,or a actor)=P


I think this is one of the few times imo when privatization is a really good idea. Whether we think it’s necessary or not, we need to continue to develop new forms of space travel and technology to facilitate it. What the ppl whose only argument is “we have too many problems down here to be worrying about this,” they fail to understand the two most important implications of aeronautical research. The first is for national defense… it’s bad enough that nasa has to rely on Russia to ferry them to the ISS. If we keep going at this rate, our disadvantage will only grow as they continue to develop new technologies in their space program while we pump the brakes on ours. Is air and space superiority something you really want the Russians to have? It doesn’t seem like a good idea for any one country to have, let alone one whom we have a sketchy history with. The second is that with aeronautical research comes a flood of new technologies, most of which are very applicable to us down on earth. For example, if it wasn’t for nasa, we wouldn’t have the chips that we use for non-invasive biopsies, solar energy, and a whole litany of other things ( has a good number of inventions that most of us don’t know came from our space program). And if you’re one of those ppl that are so skeptical (or cynical imo) that you still don’t think that any of the things on this list warrant a larger investment in a privatized space industry, just remember that while you sleep at night, you most likely have nasa to thank for that, too. If you use any type of home security system, chances are they use infrared and laser technology that came out of nasa’s research (just look at the adt home security infrared camera page. They even admit that the technology came from nasa!)

@masonstorm – Just, WOW. Hope you’ll share further thoughts in the future too. You’re a gold star commenter!

I couldn’t agree with you more. I tend to look at space exploration more from an International perspective, though the continuous fight for superior military capability and national defense (worldwide) has undoubtedly been the driving force that has enabled so much technological development.

Moving forward, privatized space efforts could provide an arguably more peaceful motivation and could spur development to the point of being the next gold rush – as there are so many opportunities for profit such as space tourism (flights, zero-gravity hotels, colonization perhaps) as well as contracts with government and scientists alike.

It’s not like aeronautical privatization is a new thing either. Look at all the technologies that have come out of jet fighter engineering. They’ve been developed by private companies (Boeing, Lockheed Martin), commercially competing for large contracts with the USAF.



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