Have you ever wanted to lounge around in space for a few days?  Train on a tropical island before take off?  If so, the opportunites are starting to arise.  The Galactic Suite Space Resort is schedule to open 2012.

The Barcelona-based architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort say it will cost 3 million euro ($4.4 million) for a three-night stay at the hotel, with this price including an eight-week training course on a tropical island.  During their stay, guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes. They would wear velcro suits so they can crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.

There are still a lot of questions to be answered but maybe in twenty-five years the price will be a bit more managable.  As I think about the technology involved in this, space toursism is almost a colloboration of just about every ATE project created.  Talk about a system approach to electronics!  If you had the money, would you go?

Mark Viquesney