Luxury hotels in space could launch as early as 2021 and start accepting guests by 2022, some developers say.
NASA’s search for space habitats has been driving innovation in space habitat design.
Some visions for the future of space tourism involve immersive astronaut experiences, while others feature private villas on giant space stations.
One company has already built life-sized prototypes of inflatable space habitats.
Here’s what future space lodging might look like.
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Space tourism is rapidly moving from the realm of science-fiction to reality — some developers have promised to launch hotels into Earth’s orbit as early as 2021.
In September, NASA astronauts toured a life-sized prototype of an inflatable habitat that could one day house astronauts on a journey to Mars. Bigelow Aerospace, the company behind that prototype, hopes to bring tourists into space as well, and it’s not alone. Some developers are already selling reservations at future space hotels.
Designs for such in-orbit lodging vary: Some involve spacious inflatable habitats, others include condominiums, and one concept even promises villas in a rotating, wheel-shaped space station equipped with artificial gravity. Space tourists could one day get an immersive astronaut experience, be …read more
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