Ok, hold up. Let's simmer down now. The competition Derechin is referring to is billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow of Budget Suites, who is planning his own space hotel. But we're not sure Bigelow is any further along in his plans than he was back in 2007.
And who in their right mind is going to fork out millions of dollars for a space stay, aside from eccentric billionaires who somehow manage to pass the rigorous space fitness tests? Not to mention, can we really get excited now about a "hotel" opening in 2015.
Lastly, we really take issue with liberal use of the word "hotel" when talking about space hotels. Aside from having outerspace price tags, these stays will not be able to happen without, as we just mentioned, some rigorous space training. Last time we checked, you didn't need much training of any kind to stay in a hotel.
Of course, we know this is just a sexier way to sell private space stations to investors and drum up some publicity but we just want to reiterate--space hotels are not the future. Not until we're all flying around Jetsons-style. Sorry to bust your space bubbles. Care to disagree? Please do in comments below!