Inflatable space hotel to blast off

2019-03-02 10:17:10

THE first reservations have been made for a hotel in space – but you won’t be checking in just yet. Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Nevada – a nascent space tourism company owned by hotelier Robert Bigelow – has reserved slots on two Russian Dnepr rockets, which are converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Each rocket will launch a scaled-down prototype of the company’s inflatable space habitat into low-Earth orbit later this year. The launch dates cannot be divulged because the use of an ICBM means the information falls under US arms trade restrictions. The full-size version,