View Full Version : Ride a Maglev Rocket to Space Hotel in 2012

2008-Aug-21, 10:10 PM
The space tourism company Galactic Suite already has 38 reservations made by tourists who, the company says, in 2012 will travel on board a magnetically levitated spacecraft to an orbiting luxury hotel, complete with a floating spa, pictured here. The trip, which costs 3 million Euros, will provide four days in orbit 450 kilometers [...]

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2008-Aug-21, 10:22 PM
Yeah right, 4 years from now for a completely untested technology. I'll believe it when I see it.

Van Rijn
2008-Aug-21, 11:57 PM
Not so much completely untested technology as a completely untested system. Maglev isn't new, but the idea here is to use it to replace the first stage of a conventional rocket. That's still going to be a pretty big rocket going down that track. Also, it puts limitations on the rocket - it's only taking off at one location in one direction. If there were any launch failures in testing (or - horrors - when it carries people), it could put the track out of service for a good long time.

Yes, four years for a new orbital launch system is just a bit optimistic. :lol:

2008-Aug-22, 01:09 PM
That company is talked about in this thread (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/63389-galactic-suite-space-hotel.html).

Nice designs with lots of theory and no practice.

Here (http://www.galacticsuiteprocess.com/news/) is their blog. (mostly in Spanish).

Ronald Brak
2008-Aug-22, 02:03 PM
What happens if you have a steel plate in your head?

2008-Aug-22, 10:10 PM
^ Then you can get launched without a rocket!

2008-Aug-23, 05:09 PM
It sounds interesting, but I hope they don't rush to have in complete in four years. Take as long as you like, but make it GOOD and SAFE.

Ronald Brak
2008-Aug-24, 12:57 AM
Then you can get launched without a rocket!


2008-Aug-24, 02:54 AM
Since the 3 mile long vertical runway will be several times taller than the present tallest man-made structure on Earth, it is unlikely the runway will be safe. That is a puny first stage, so the second stage needs to be a million pound solid rocket, if the payload is 3000 pounds including the passengers, their capsule and life support for 4 days. Likely a 3d and 4th stage are needed making this a complex system with about 100 million things that can go wrong. Likely a scam. The 114 million Euros (3 times 38) is not nearly enough money to make even a good start on the hardware. Five or ten unmanned flights delivering perhaps 2000 pounds each to the luxury hotel orbiting at 450 kilometers, won't make for much luxury. Neil

2008-Aug-24, 04:59 PM
Architects are well known for their lofty ideas. NPI

2008-Aug-24, 10:54 PM
Architects are well known for their lofty ideas.
And photographers keep things in focus.