Set for take off – space hotels to offer rooms in the sky

“It is difficult now to want to do things in space and get a clear answer from (space law),” said Christopher Johnson, a space law adviser at the Secure World Foundation, a space advocacy group. Californian company the Gateway Foundation is hoping to build a massive space station able to sleep more than 400 people – including tourists, researchers, doctors and housekeepers. LEGAL HURDLESThe law is another hurdle for space hotels to lift off. But firms would need authorisation from a state, normally the one where they are incorporated, to launch a hotel in space, said Tanja Masson-Zwaan, space law professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Those rules have requirements on transparency and disclosure that have more to do with ballistic missiles than space holidays, Bunger said.

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