A space hotel could fly by 2030, but the cost could be unattainable
A commercial space hotel may arrive sooner than expected, but you’ll need to start saving if you want the chance to visit it, as prices will remain very high.
Francesca Gregory, thematic analyst at GlobalData, delivers this exciting prediction in a new podcast explaining where space-to-space infrastructure will be in 2030.
“Space-to-space infrastructure will see a significant increase in investment as companies such as Axiom Space, Blue Origin, Orbital Assembly and Lockhead Martin Space invest in their own commercial space stations,” she said.
“As a result, 2030 will see the first bespoke space infrastructure built for civilian astronauts.”
Gregory predicts that the first space infrastructure will likely be a small space hotel to visit, but says other sectors will use it if there is demand.
Despite developments over the next decade, however, she says ticket prices “will remain out of reach for the vast majority of consumers”.
In other words, while travel interest with Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin has skyrocketed, it should remain a playground for tech billionaires and other wealthy people for now.
The prediction follows news that T Mobile and SpaceX are teaming up to “bring cellphone connectivity everywhere,” including “full coverage in most places in the United States.”
T Mobile hopes to use SpaceX’s low Earth orbit satellites to give a more robust and stronger signal to its customers across the country, Reuters reports.
The phone company has yet to provide a detailed indication of where the network will appear, but says it should offer “nearly full coverage almost anywhere a customer can see the sky.”
He hopes this will replace the need for satellite phones in remote areas such as mountains or wilderness.
SpaceX has sent nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit since 2019.
Elon Musk’s space company has also donated Starlink dishes to help Ukraine stay online despite relentless Russian bombardment.
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