Few hotels can offer their guests a view that boasts a sunrise 18 times in a day, but a new space tourism company is promising just that by building the first hotel in space.
Galactic Suite, a private space tourism company, is planning to build a three-bedroom hotel using pods joined together in orbit. They hope to be open for business by 2012.
But tickets for a trip aboard the Galactic Suite will not be cheap, with a three-day stay costing about Â£2 million.
For that price, the company claims it will train customers for their space flight on a tropical island before flying them to the hotel. Once there, they will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Earth and experience life in zero gravity. The hotel is expected to make a complete orbit of the Earth every 80 minutes, so in 24 hours the sun will rise and set behind our planet 18 times.
Xavier Claramunt, a director with the Barcelona-based company, says they have already achieved substantial financial backing for the Â£3 billion project from a wealthy space enthusiast and a series of other companies.