The congress of space and underwater tourism ‘Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit’ (SUTUS), which is being held from September 28 to 30 at the Les Roches hotel management school in Marbella, kicked off this Wednesday with the presentation of innovative projects such as a hotel in space, the study for the plantation of vegetables on the moon or the defense of the marine environment.
One of the most striking initiatives that this congress hosts is the presentation of a space hotel “600 kilometers” from the earth in “an orbit that goes between the lines of dawn and sunset”, according to the director of operations and co-founder of Orbital assembly corporation, Tim Alatorre.
To do this, he explained that two stations will be created with “artificial gravity”, the first of them “smaller than 400 square meters, will have 5 modules” and 4 rooms to house “28 people”, mainly “crew members”, and that the company plans to put into operation in the year 2025. The second will have a capacity for “400 people” in “28 rooms” and will be used for tourist activity, which is projected for 2027.
Specifically, he has detailed that the hotel will be located in an orbit in which “you will have the option of seeing the whole earth”, as well as activities related to “games, jump with artificial gravity and walk like on the moongood food and drink or stargazing.”
Regarding the average stay of this particular accommodation, he has indicated that it will be “at least 4 days”clarifying that “there are no limits on how long they can stay”, for which he has estimated that it will be about “10 days”. the price per night It is an aspect that he has not wanted to reveal, although he has pointed out that it will cost less than the rockets that carry out the displacement, which he has specified is “50 million euros” and take “20 hours.”
Another of the projects presented is led by the company from Malaga Green moon project, whose mission is “plant horticultural crops on the moon or on Mars so that they give nutrients and vitamins to all astronauts, and even to future space tourists”, for which they are developing “a series of trials mainly with lettuce, radishes, carrots and tomatoes”, according to the representative of the company, José María Ortega.
For this, the congress has announced the “trials” that are being carried out, on the one hand, on land in Lanzarote to understand “what the growth of a plant under the effects of lunar gravity”and on the other, to determine “what is going to be the best lunar fertilizer” in order to manufacture and support it.
Crops will be carried out ina small capsule” that is developing, that will bring together “The conditions of temperature, luminosity and humidity so that the plant can germinate” and that “they are going to reach the different points of the moon or Mars” on a marked horizon of 2025.
The study and enhancement of the marine environment is another of the aspects that this tourism congress includes, where the project ‘Earth 300′a futuristic superyacht whose main objective is to combat climate change and led by Gibraltarian Aaron Olivera.
The businessman has pointed out that the initiative is based on “have a global vision for the planet”, for which “a 300 meter long ship is being developed with the idea of designing it as a scientific sculpture for Generate knowledge about the global climateand at the same time, to have the smartest and brightest scientists and professionals in the world collaborating to solve the problem of the climate crisis”.
The goal is to “find solutions that can help alleviate carbon in the atmosphere Y generate global knowledge in a style with which a normal person on the street understands what is happening”, with the intention of “democratizing and speaking in a language that people understand”.
The event also features a presentation by grandson of legendary French explorer Jaques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteauto present the Proteus project, “a modular complex of underwater life, state-of-the-art observatory and global collaboration platform” as an ‘International Ocean Space Station’.
As detailed, the initiative will allow both the public and private sectors “to carry out iresearch, develop new applications, create innovative technologies and share their stories with the world.” In this way, he has detailed that the Ocean Station is currently in “the pre-construction phase and is scheduled to be installed off the coast of Curaçao in 2026” in “a protected marine biodiversity area in the Caribbean at a depth of approximately 60 feet”.