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Editorial Article17 August 2007

Galactic Suite Project To Provide Journeys Into Space

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The price will include 18 weeks’ preparation on a Caribbean island, the journey into space and three nights’ accommodation in the orbital hotel

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During their stay, the space tourists will participate in international space experiments

Galactic Suite Project has presented the first space tourism package to include preparation, transport and accommodation in an orbital hotel. The Barcelona-based space tourism company was formed by various professionals in the aerospace industry.

The journey is likely to last 18 weeks, and the first tickets should go on sale in 2008 for around €3 million.


An artist's rendition of the the 'Galactic Suite', the first hotel planned in space, which is expected to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. Its Barcelona-based architects say the space hotel will be the most expensive in the galaxy, costing $4 million for a three-day stay, during which, 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. (Handout/Reuters)

According to Xavier Claramunt and Marsal Gifra, the directors of Galactic Suite Project, “this is the first package deal, as it includes transport from the tourist’s home to the Caribbean island, the training required for journeys into orbit, the flight to the hotel and three nights’ accommodation in the Galactic Suite”.

Furthermore, the space tourists will also take part in scientific experiments. The company has already contacted various scientific organisations interested in making use of the space tourists in zero gravity to obtain samples.

Another attraction of this journey is the possibility to orbit the Earth 15 times every day, and to see 15 sunrises. The hotel will be located at a certain angle from the equator.

Orbital hotel chain

The Barcelona-based company is aiming to develop an “orbital hotel chain” with modular space accommodation based on the natural growth of a grapevine. The chain will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 450 km (300 miles) and will welcome its first guests in 2012.

In addition to the space hotel, Galactic Suite Project is also planning a hotel complex on a Caribbean island to accommodate the tourists, as well as on the space shuttles that will transport the “space suites”.

Galactic Suite Project was set up in Barcelona in January 2007 by various architects, aerospace engineers and industrial engineers from Spain and the US. The founders have already made initial contact with Japanese and UAE private investors interested in investing in the project.

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Founded in 2007, Galactic Suite Limited is a private space tourism company that builds and develops cutting-edge concepts to create a fully integrated space tourism experience. The company intends to develop orbital resorts with modular bio-inspired space habitats. As of today, GS management team is comprised of dedicated professionals who have worked with the leading aerospace organizations and add to this project many years of experience in managing space projects.

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