The idea that you could be vacationing in space someday may seem like a wild fantasy. But a space hotel could happen sooner than you think. Spaceflight company Bigelow Space Operations (BSO) wants to sell hotel reservations to give space enthusiasts—or scientists on a budget—a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Mike Wall reports for Space.com.
The company is a spin off of Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas-based company founded by billionaire Robert Bigelow that manufactures space habitats, report The Verge’s Loren Grush and Alessandra Potenza. So BSO is responsible for selling and managing the modules Bigelow Aerospace builds.
Its plans are to launch two inflatable modules, called B330-1 and B330-2, each about 55 feet long once deployed, into low Earth orbit, around 250 miles above Earth. The two modules would be connected together to create a private station station capable of housing up to six people for periods of time.
In a press release, the company said these two modules, “will be the largest, most complex structures ever known as stations for human use in space.”
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