Space tourists who intend to visit first space hotel should be prepared to pay nearly one million dollars per visitor to enjoy a stay at the Russian section of the International Space Station. The price is set at $984,000 for five days aboard the space hotel that Russian company Orbital Technologies plans to open in five years.
They call it “Commercial Space Station” that will float 250 miles above Earth with Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts set to deliver tourists aboard the hotel. According to blueprints, the hotel would be able to accommodate seven persons but not everyone who has the money will be allowed to get into orbit. Special training will be provided that can require up to three months before launch while hotel guests will have to limit their activities to watching TV and browsing the Internet while in space.
The overall cost of the project is estimated at $60 million and enjoys support by top Russian officials and scientists. No doubt, there will be plenty of tourists that are ready to pay a million dollars to go to space and project’s return on investment looks good, at least on paper. Experts voiced concerns over the safety of Russia’s Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts but it will barely stop enthusiasts who wish to visit space.