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The Russian company will launch a space hotel. / September 30, 2010 /

The Russian company «Orbital Technologies» together with RSC Energia intends in 2016 to launch into orbit a space hotel. On it informs RIA Novosti news agency referring to the director Sergei Kostenko.

At the present time, the idea is at the stage of design work. Kostenko said that the first module of the hotel capacity of about 20 cubic meters will be built in 2012-2013, and its placing in orbit is planned for end 2015 — early 2016. Development and construction of the module will be conducted at the enterprises of RSC Energia. «A number of partnership agreements with RSC Energia, and Roskosmos already signed,» — explained the director of Orbital technology. "

For his part, CEO of RSC Energia, Vitaly Lopota said: "The RSC Energia is ready to become a general contractor for this ambitious project. The Corporation has more than 10 years are considering a commercial space station. " Link to his words is the message of "Orbital Technologies, quoted by the agency. Also reported are the words head of manned programs Roscosmos Alexei Krasnov, who explains that a space hotel will be able to make the inhabitants of the ISS, for example, during repair works at the station.

To orbit the hotel will deliver a series of carrier rocket Soyuz. Tourists can enter the orbital hotel in spacecraft «Soyuz», and food and goods will haul cargo «Progress». It is planned that in the four-room hotel will be able to simultaneously accommodate up to seven people.

In addition to receiving tourists on board the space hotel is planned to carry out various experiments. According to Kostenko, the company Orbital Technologies has signed contracts with customers representing various fields of science and industry. In particular, Kostenko listed medicine, protein crystallization, material processing, remote sensing of the Earth.

«Orbital Technologies» — not the only company involved in the creation of space hotels. The American firm Bigelow Aerospace to acquire a license for NASA technology manufacturing inflatable multilayered orbiting objects created and launched into orbit two inflatable module — Genesis I and Genesis II. While inside the modules is not carried out scientific experiments, but still wishing for a small fee to place small objects inside modules. Learn more about these developments the company can be found here. Bigelow Aerospace recently announced a set of astronauts to work in future space inflatable stations.

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