Space tripping: out-of-this-world adventures

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Magazine
Forbes “Traveler”
GALACTIC SUITE
(USA)

SPACE TRIPPING: OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ADVENTURES

[...] At $4 million (give or take), a vacation at Galactic Suites is a comparative bargain. Projected to open in 2012, the planet’s first space resort promises to orbit 15 times a day at 18,000 mph. The trip requires an 18-week commitment, most of which is spent at a 007-style space camp on an undisclosed Caribbean Island. “Galactic Suite is really tapping into the fantasy aspect,” says Michael Yessis, co-editor of World Hum, a Travel Channel web site. “Who wouldn’t want to be launched into orbit Bond-style, saying something pithy in a tux or evening gown?”
The figurative tux or gown is in fact a Velcro-covered getup designed for easy maneuvering around this hotel and, yes, space spa. [...] Continue reading

El viaje más caro: la nueva conquista del espacio

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Tiempo
GALACTIC SUITE

(Spain)

EL VIAJE MÁS CARO: LA NUEVA CONQUISTA DEL ESPACIO

[...] Galactic Suite: Un sueñecito en el espacio
Por tres millones de euros, la compañía barcelonesa Galactic Suite Project ofrecerá a partir de 2008 un viaje que incluye 18 semanas de preparación en una isla del Caribe, el traslado hasta el espacio y tres noches en un hotel orbital. Como extensión del programa ofrecerán la posibilidad de dar 15 vueltas a la Tierra cada día y de ese modo poder ver 15 veces la salida del sol.
Los arquitectos Xavier Claramunt y Marçal Gifrà son los responsables de este proyecto que ya cuenta con inversores de los Emiratos Árabes y EE UU. La empresa tiene calculado que en 2012 habrá unas 40.000 personas con capacidad económica para poder pagarlo. De momento tienen 28 pre-reservas que se formalizarán con un pago a principios de 2008. “El espacio es toda vía el misterio más profundo que se nos plantea como hombres –dice Xavier Claramunt– y que más nos atrae porque significa preguntarse por nuestros orígenes y nuestro futuro. Eso hará que los viajes espaciales tengan un gran desarrollo en el futuro”.[...]

Space hotel

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Magazine
Barcelona Metropolitan
GALACTIC SUITE

(Spain)

SPACE HOTEL

A Barcelona architect and entrepreneur is planning to offer travellers a room with one hell of a view.

Thousands of years before the great explorers crossed the oceans, daring humans ventured from the shores of terra firma in fragile crafts, braving the whims of natural forces. Without these first voyagers-those who tested the waters, so to speak the technology and capacity to cross great expanses would never have been developed. There would have been no Columbus, no Vasco de Gama, no Magellan. Most say that it is our destiny to explore, that there is some part of the human genome that compels a substantial portion of our species to climb the highest mountain, or go the greatest distance. In effect, we strive for-or, at the very least, admire-the superlative in ourselves. Now that the entire Earth’s surface has been visited by Homo Sapiens, with the exception of the deepest ocean trenches, any human who has inherited the explorer’s instinct must turn upward, toward the stars. Continue reading