Several private space companies based in the United States are working on projects which will lead to space tourism. Tourists need hotels, so Russian space corporation Roscosmos has proposed building a hotel on the International Space Station. Now that is a getaway location.
It won’t be cheap of course. According to the proposal, the space tourists will have to pay at least $40 million for the week-long experience. You can pay an additional $20 million to go on a spacewalk with a cosmonaut too. It’s for the rich at the moment obviously.
The plan was developed by Russian space contractor RKK Energia as a way to pay for the construction of the second module that’s going to cost up to $446 million. The contractor has already started work on the first of the two modules that will house a science laboratory and a power supply station. It looks like the Russian government will only pay for the first module so the contractor has to figure out how it will pay for the construction of the second module.
The hotel is going to have four sleeping quarters that measure two cubic meters each with 9 inch windows and a lounge area with a 16 inch window. The module will also have medical and hygiene stations. This is timely because NASA will stop buying seats on Russia’s Soyuz flights after commercial crew programs of SpaceX and Boeing take off. RKK Energia will then fly one or two tourists per Soyuz flight to the ISS. Space tourism is on the way.