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Out of This World Standards

Published: Monday, September 17, 2007 - 22:00

(Galactic Suite: Barcelona, Spain) -- Earthlings seeking adventure beyond the stars may not have much longer to wait. The Galactic Suite—the first hotel in outer space—is expected to open its airlocks in 2012. Resembling a kind of molecular model structure, the three-bedroom hotel will consist of connected “pod” rooms that are fitted inside a rocket and carried into space. Forget 80 days, this space hotel will take guests around the world in 80 minutes.

The hotel will also be the most expensive in the universe, carrying a hefty $4 million price tag for a three-day holiday. During that time, guests clad in Velcro so as to maneuver in their zero-gravity accommodations will watch the sun rise fifteen times each day. In preparation for their stay, guests will also receive eight weeks of intensive training at a tropical island space camp.

Galactic Suite’s planners, Xavier Claramunt and Marsal Gifra, the directors of Barcelona, Spain-based Galactic Suite Project, may want to look to ISO 17399—“Space systems–Man-systems integration,” for guidance in helping the project to take off. Published by the International Organization for Standardization, the standard defines all generic requirements for manned space flight vehicles, habitat structures, and flight crew training, as well as all equipment that interfaces with flight crew members.

The requirements outlined in the standard cover space system launch, re-entry, on-orbit and extraterrestrial environments, and can be applied to any manned space flight program. ISO 17399 also addresses the field of human factors relating to space habitats and the space environment. The standard was developed by ISO technical committee 20—“Aircraft and space vehicles,” and its subcommittee 14—“Space systems and operations,” with the American National Standards Institute serving as secretariat for both committees.

During their stay, Galactic Suite guests will take part in space experiments. ISO 14619 specifies procedures for preparing and carrying out space experiments, as well as processing resulting data. Applicable to both manned and unmanned space systems except for exploratory rockets, the standard may be tailored to the specific needs of different kinds of experiments and their carrier space vehicles.

The project’s builders estimate that there are 40,000 people in the world who could afford a stay at the Galactic Suite. The number of actual takers remains to be seen.

For more information, visit www.galacticsuite.com


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