Browse Publications Technical Papers 2003-01-2656
2003-07-07

Commercial Space Hotel - Habitation Testbed Architecture and Logistics 2003-01-2656

Space tourists spent $20m/trip per orbital adventure, but lacked commercial accommodations/transportation. Goal: seven days/six nights for $6m/guest. Alternative habitation testbed designs are proposed, but the business key is technical cooperation between government/industry to get financing. Interiors must be financable, safe, pleasing, functional, washable, technically effective, affordable and redundant. The economics must approach orders of magnitude less than ISS cost/CF. Like casinos, expanding uses profits to satisfy a growing market demand. America can do this now with ingenuity, entrepreneurial innovation and government technical help in a testbed capable of jump starting the aerospace/tourist industry.

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