This is the dream in five years' time. A Russian vision of the future of space
tourism. Tourists who want something other than a conventional holiday can look
forward to staying at an orbiting hotel in space by 2016.
A Russian firm, Orbital Technologies, has set a target of five years to open
the hotel in space.
An orbiting hotel, lunar sightseeing flights and luxury rides into the cosmos -
this is Orbital Technologies' concept of space tourism in the future.
Orbital Technologies wants to compete directly with a U.S. venture attempting
to develop its own service to space.
All of this is Russia's attempts to ensure it is not left behind in the growing
space tourism industry.
A mock-up reveals what the orbiting hotel will look like on the inside.
The orbiting hotel will have room for seven guests.
A graphic showing the different sections of the space hotel: Hotel pod,
kitchen, toilets and shower cubicles.
It will be built in such a way as to provide the most comfortable possible
conditions for space tourists.
The company says the hotel will be more comfortable than the International
Space Station, which took the first tourist, Denis Tito, into space, but guests
will still have to eat space food, take sponge baths and use vacuum toilets
because of weightlessness.