'Space hotel' -- Orbital Technologies' Commercial Space Station CSS

BBC News - 'Space hotel' plan unveiled in Russia

A Russian company has unveiled an ambitious plan to launch a "cosmic hotel" for wealthy space tourists.

 Orbital Technologies says its "comfortable" four-room guest house could be in orbit by 2016, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reports.

Russian Firm Plans Commercial Space Station : Discovery News

Orbital Technologies is working with the U.S.-based Space Adventures, which arranged eight privately paid visits to the International Space Station via Russian Soyuz vehicles and which recently announced an agreement to market Boeing’s planned commercial crew capsules.

Kostenko said his firm is looking to partner with Boeing, SpaceX, Russia, China and any other country or company with the capability of flying people to and from the Commercial Space Station.

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Purpose of the Commercial Space Station


• Enabling space-based microgravity research
• Providing a destination for commercial human spaceflight, space tourism, and state sponsored human spaceflight programs
• Acting as a backup and emergency safe haven for the International Space Station and its crew
• Enabling product development
• Facilitating satellite servicing and maintenance
• Providing a staging outpost for human space flight missions beyond low Еarth orbit
• Supplying a uniquely capable remote sensing platform


Design & Capabilities of the Commercial Space Station


Summary of the station characteristics are as follows:

Highly Reliable Systems
We use reliable, previously developed and tested space-certified elements in order to accelerate schedule, reduce risk, and optimize performance.

Crew Capabilities
A crew of up to seven people will be able to visit the station from the outset. This crew size will be expandable over time.

Placement in Optimal Orbital Position to the ISS
The CSS will be placed within 100 km of the International Space Station at an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees, minimizing the energy difference required to transfer crew and cargo between the two stations and maximizing the opportunities for commerce and cooperation.

Multiple Transportation Systems
The CSS is designed to accommodate various models of human and cargo spacecrafts expected to be in operation within the next decade (e.g. Soyuz-TMA, Progress, ATV, ARV, Shenzou, Dragon, etc.) for crew delivery, rescue and return, as well as cargo and payload delivery.

Uniform Interface Systems
The CSS will be built using internationally certified units and interfaces for docking, communications, life support, scientific and experimental lockers, and computer and data monitoring interfaces.

Minimum 15 Year Lifetime
The design of the CSS will ensure at least 15 years of fully-operational capability that will provide extended continuity for customers.