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Fraser
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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Swift
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:

Rue
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?

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

KaiYeves
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!

Wheeeeeee!

neilzero
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

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

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