In September 2010, Moscow-based Orbital Technologies announced plans to build, launch and operate a Commercial Space Station (CSS) in low Earth orbit. It will be the first commercially available human spaceflight platform in the world.
The CSS will be utilised by professional crews, private citizens and corporate researchers, when launched in 2015-2016. The project is an attempt to commercialise space tourism and increase the involvement of private enterprises in the same. Galactic Suite, a space resort hotel, is also planned for opening in 2012.
The Commercial Space Station will be a multi-million dollar project. Orbital Technologies states that the necessary funding for the project has been secured and station operations would follow. The investment for the development will be made by US and Russian investors.
The CSS is currently in the stage of design and development. A set of renderings of the space station have, however, been released. The first module of the space station will have a volume of 20m³ with four cabins. It will initially accommodate up to seven people.
“The Commercial Space Station will be a multi-million dollar project.”