U.S. entrepreneur to build first private space hotel

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The design drawing of Bigelow Station (Photo Source: gb.cri.cn)


The solar system's first private space hotel is under construction by Bigelow Aerospace, a commercial space technology company created by U.S. hotel and aerospace entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow, according to media reports Wednesday.

"The company plans to complete the construction within four years," Bigelow said.

In 2016, a second, larger station would follow. The two Bigelow stations would then be home to 36 people at a time — six times as many as currently live on the International Space Station, Bigelow added.

Now the models of this puffy space station lie in a factory near Las Vegas. It looks like a giant white watermelon.

It is estimated that a stay on a Bigelow station, including transportation, is currently priced at just under 25 million U.S. dollars a person for 30 days -- only half of the payment of a trip on Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies
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