the privately owned ‘commercial space station’ (‘CSS’) designed by orbital technologies is planned to include a hotel pod for leisure stays
the ‘commercial space station’ by russian innovators orbital technologies is planned to be a privately operated
multiuse space station orbiting 217 miles above the planet, designed not only for scientific missions
but also for use as a space hotel for paying customers. the company reports that the station will be open by 2016,
housing in a ‘hotel pod’ up to seven guests across four cabins.
guests arrive at the hotel via a two-day journey aboard a soyuz rocket. onboard, they sleep in vertical or horizontal sleeping bags,
utilize air-flushing toilets, and can shower in a fully sealed cubicle, rather than simply sponging down the way that international
space station cosmonauts must for the duration of their journey. while alcohol is not permitted onboard,
food also takes on a gourmet aspect, as dishes prepared on earth– the example offered by orbital technologies’s
chief executive sergei kostenko is a menu of braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean puree, potato soup,
and plum compote– is reheated in microwave ovens. large portholes on the craft provide ample viewing opportunities.
the ‘commercial space station’ can also be used for scientific missions ranging from three days to six months.
reports suggest that the structure may also be used as an emergency escape craft for international space station
astronauts in the event of a crisis.
prices for leisure travel are approximated to be 826,000 USD for the voyage and 165,000 USD for a five-day stay.
full exterior render
full interior cutaway view of entertainment pod
view from interior looking down the entertainment pod
view from interior looking down opposite direction
closer view from interior from opposite direction
exterior view of the hotel pod structure
the living compartments feature sleeping space, a bathroom, and microwave, along with large portholes like those viewable through the compartment at right
via daily mail