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If you think you’ve visited every type of vacation destination there is and you’ve now grown tired of the thought of spending another night at a luxury hotel overlooking the same blue sea you’ve seen dozens of times, then think again because pretty soon that tiresome sea might be replaced by a view of the cosmos while you’re chilling at your hotel room in outer space.
Yes, you read that right. Of course, at the moment it’s still not real, and at best, it’s more or less the sales pitch of various companies. Nevertheless, these companies are all racing to be the first to serve room service to their guests up in orbit, which means that it’s not that far-fetched of an idea. And with space technology leaping heaps and bounds since the first time we sent man to the Moon, the reality may not be that too far off.
“It sounds kind of crazy to us today because it is not a reality yet. But that’s the nature of these things, it sounds crazy until it is normal,” said Frank Bunger, founder of U.S. aerospace firm Orion Span, one of the companies vying to take travelers out of this world.
In fact, this isn’t the first time that a tourist has decided to take a gander at space. Back in 2001, U.S. multimillionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first paying space tourist by traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket for a reported $20 million. Since then, a few others have followed.
And ever since, companies like SpaceX and Boeing are working to find a way to safely bring guests up in orbit, which could potentially open a new type of business frontier, one that is suitable for the technology of the future.
However, with this comes a few setbacks, including the fact that law in space is a tricky business.
“It is difficult now to want to do things in space and get a clear answer from (space law). For something as advanced as hotels in space there is no clear guidance,” said Christopher Johnson, a space law adviser at the Secure World Foundation, a space advocacy group.
Nevertheless, companies like Orion Span is already planning to make the dream into reality, hoping to host guests in space by the year 2024. There’s also the Gateway Foundation, a California-based company that plan on building a gigantic space station that can host more or less 400 people.