Other companies have been preparing to build space hotels
and space islands: Bigelow Aerospace has already launched two inflatable habitat modules, with more coming soon as the Space Island Group has been working on plans for a Space Island Project.
Experts reckon the PS12million extension could be the first step towards fully inflatable space stations - and even space hotels
first suggested by Sir Branson would be interesting too.
could be in orbit around Earth as early as 2016.
US-based company, Mobilona Space Hotels
, recently revealed that the company has received several proposals from the three cities to construct a space hotel
in the region.
Since then, the private sector has been steadily making headlines in the space industry, from inflatable space hotels
in the works at Bigelow Aerospace, to the first commercial spacecraft to ever be recovered from orbit, SpaceX's Dragon.
After these suborbital forays will come orbital craft, space hotels
, and private expeditions to the Moon and beyond.
Future plans include circumlunar flights for tourists and even the construction of space hotels
An important aspect of this discussion is an analysis of the liability regime that would apply to employees of the space ships and space hotels
, not just potential customers.
founder Jeff Bezos; Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), created by PayPal founder Elon Musk; Rocketplane Kistler; and Bigelow Aerospace, a venture aimed at creating space hotels
, started by hotelier Robert Bigelow.
Hilton had, in fact, made ambitious plans for space hotels
back in the 1960s.
Four thousand Germans are already planning a drastic getaway, having booked places in space hotels
which are expected to be ready for use by 2025.