Before long, British media say, people may be able to board rockets and book a room in space with a view of the whole planet. At least a number of companies are advertising that they are scrambling to take the lead in hosting guests at the specially designed space station. Orion Span is one of them, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on December 2.
“It sounds a bit weird at the moment because it hasn’t come true yet, ” says Frank Bunger, founder of the US aerospace company. But that’s the way it is, and it always sounds strange before it becomes the norm. “
In 2001, American billionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first paid space tourist to travel to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket, reportedly for $20 million, the report said. Several more have since done so.
Since then, companies such as Boeing, Space Exploration Technologies and Blue Origin have been trying to get more people to “pick the stars on their hands”, so those who want to open hotels in space have seen business opportunities.
NASA announced in June that it intended to allow two citizens to spend a month a year on the International Space Station (ISS) in private, at a price of about $35,000 a night. The first trip is expected to depart in 2020.
But the trend raises questions about the adequacy of existing space regulations, which focus on space exploration and the elimination of weapons in space, not hotels and holidaymakers.
Bonger says his company plans to host its first guests at its Aurora station by 2024. The Aurora station is a capsule-shaped ship about the size of a private jet.
He said up to five passengers, accompanied by a crew member, would spend 12 days at the Aurora station at a cost of more than $9.5 million per person.
Reported that in orbit, guests will participate in scientific experiments, watching about 16 sunrises and sunsets a day, playing table tennis in zero gravity.
The Gatway Foundation in California wants to build a large space station with a capacity of more than 400 people, including tourists, researchers, doctors and housekeepers, the report said.
Designer Tim Alatore says the station is wheel-shaped and powered by solar energy. It will rotate around the core to create gravity around it, about one-sixth the amount of gravity on Earth.
“It’s hard to spin like this and it can’t be disgusting,” he said. We just need it to turn around a little faster to produce the same gravity on earth on the space station, but then you’ll feel uncomfortable. “
The foundation aims to build the space station by 2028, named after Wayne Hull von Braun. Von Braun was a Nazi rocket scientist who later participated in the Apollo program in the United States.
Alatore did not disclose the cost of a trip to space, but said the goal was to get ordinary people aboard the space station.
The report says the law is an obstacle to the success of space hotels. The space speculation boom has revealed loopholes in international law and treaties used, prompting calls for greater regulation.
Life far from Earth is largely regulated by the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which prohibits countries from using space and celestial bodies for their own purposes, but allows them to be used for peaceful purposes, the report said, opening the door to commercial exploitation and utilization.
But Tanya Masson-Zwan, a professor of space law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, says companies need to be approved by a state to build hotels in space, usually the country of registration.
She said the mandated government must also continue to monitor the activities of each space station.
All countries involved in the construction and launch of the space station are forever responsible for the damage that may be caused by the space station, for example, if the space station hits a satellite.
This responsibility may allow governments to be cautious about supporting such activities from the start, says Mr. Masson-Zwan.
“I don’t think there will be many countries willing to approve and regulate as long as this activity doesn’t reach super-safe levels,” she said. “
But Bonger of Orion Span points out that existing regulations are out of place for those aspiring to run space hotels. (Compilation/He Jinxuan)