Hotels in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!

Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Tuckerfan, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Tuckerfan

    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    One may be happening next year.
    Hilton hotels decade ago said that they would put a hotel in orbit as soon as it became viable. One wonders if they're going to start work on one soon, now that this has hit the news.
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  2. TheBurgerKing

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    The plan is to build the hotel module by module and lift it into orbit? That has to be pain-in-the-ass expensive. Here's hoping they use the hotel as the start of an orbital construction platform.
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    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    :shrug: It's how the ISS was built.

    Then ik wouldn't be a hotel, it'd be a construction site. Not going to get too many millionaires and billionaires ponying up money for that.
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    It makes more sense to build things on Earth where you have the advantage of gravity, atmosphere, workforce close to home, easy to support.
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    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    Wait, wait - orbit once every 16 minutes?? That can't be right. Normal LEO is about a 90 minute orbit, isn't it?

    ETA - yeah, 16 sunrises per day equals 90 minute orbits. They got their numbers crossed.
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  6. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    Not gonna happen.
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    $9.5 million for 12 nights. Only billionaires will be able to afford it.
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    I think that's the plan. If enough of them go for it then everything but the the "halo-deck" is viable.

    Orbital vacations are always going to be a case of the wealthy doing it first in order to pay the initial costs of getting something up there, after that it's margins and the price will drop.

    Exactly how affordable it'll ever get is another question - I mean, without a major technological discovery you've got the cost floor of rocket, fuel, maintenance and safety. Four bits you don't want to see skimped on when you're essentially riding an explosion controlled just enough to point it in the opposite direction of travel.
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