How your next hotel stay could be in SPACE – which hopes to welcome guests by 2024

A HOTEL in space could open to tourists on Earth as soon as 2024.

You will need to start saving now – with excursions expected to start from $55m (£40m).

Last year, NASA announced that US start up Axiom Space would design the commercial capsule, with interior designs by Philippe Starck.

On January 27, NASA revealed that they had selected the Houston-based startup Axiom Space to design and build the first habitable commercial capsule.

The £2bn Axiomstation will orbit 250 miles above earth, and while it expects to mainly welcome scientists and researchers, "space tourists" will also visit.

However, it isn't that easy, or cheap – a practice mission was launched by Axiom last year for $55m (£40m).

To stay at the hotel, guests had to have 15 weeks of training, then ten days of living in space conditions on the ground.

Don't expect to see the kids at the space hotel, as you have to be over 21 to undertake the training.

When you eventually make to the hotel, the rooms will feature 24inch windows where you can look down on Earth.

Meals are likely to be served at the Earth Observatory lounge, along with drinks in coffee cups and cocktail glasses which are designed to work in microgravity.

NASA explained tourism is just one part of their space tourism plan: "The other elements of the five-point plan include efforts to make station and crew resources available for commercial use through a new commercial use and pricing policy; enable private astronaut missions to the station; seek out and pursue opportunities to stimulate long-term, sustainable demand for these services; and quantify NASA’s long-term demand for activities in low-Earth orbit.”

Mr Starck said: "This is a dream project for a creator like me, with a genuine fascination for aviation and space exploration.

“The greatest human intelligence in the world focuses on space research. 

Space tourism is a developing sector currently dominated by Western companies, such as the US-based Virgin Galactic, which unveiled its commercial SpaceShipTwo in 2016.

Th Axiom hotel isn't the first space hotel concept .

An orbiting space station designed to accommodate 400 guests and has facilities including restaurants, bars and a cinema was revealed by The Gateway Foundation. for the International Space Station, called Von Braun Space Station.

In 2018, a space station called Aurora Station was revealed by Orion Span with prices from £6.7m per person for 12 days.

If you want to try staying in space without going off the planet, Singapore have their own Space pods.

The pods, which are stacked on top of each other in a hostel dorm room, are all equipped with a TV, power socket, USB charging station, mirror, light, foldable table, blind, fire extinguisher and orthopaedic mattress.

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