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Vladimir Stukov II
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*Swiss News Report*

The commercial space flight company Swiss Galaxy is looking to capitalize on its new X33 Space Jet design. The space jet has been seen the taking off from the Bern Spaceport the past few months.

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In a joint effort with the Swiss Space Agency, Swiss Galaxy has released plans to build the first ever commercial space station. The giant space station, which will include a shopping mall, a resort hotel, gourmet restaurants, condos, a recreation complex, a casino, movie theatres, a waterpark, and night clubs, is expected to cost over $300 billion. Swiss Galaxy will be investing $100 billion in the project and the Swiss Government will cover the remaining costs.

This is something that has never been tried before and is sure to cause a lot of excitement. "We have had the technology to build a space station of this magnitude for a while", says Swiss Galaxy CEO Mark Apley, "It was just a matter of putting forth the massive funds to start this project." It is certainly a risky business maneuver, but Swiss Galaxy hopes this move will give them a monopoly on the commercial space industry and bring increased revenue in the future. Early reports indicate that space condos could cost upwards of $1 billion.

Artist rendering of the space station:

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OOC: So much for realism. :P

IC:

The NAAC wishes the Swiss people luck with this ambitious product. It is, however, a shame that something of such great scientific and technological potential will be wasted on commercialism.

OOC: It is realistic since I have year 2021 tech and am spending a MASSIVE ammount of money on this project(which I can actually afford though).

IC: The Swiss Space Agency is currently operating a space station for scientific purposes. This new project enables civilians to enjoy the wonders of space.

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OOC: I don't think we'll have a commercial space station in 2021. And isn't there a rule about tech we have needing to exist IRL? I don't really mind since this creates an interesting RP, though.

IC:

In that case, the NAAC feels that the money invested in this would better be spent elsewhere. However, we understand that we follow two very different ideologies and have different priorities.

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OOC: I don't think we'll have a commercial space station in 2021. And isn't there a rule about tech we have needing to exist IRL? I don't really mind since this creates an interesting RP, though.

IC:

In that case, the NAAC feels that the money invested in this would better be spent elsewhere. However, we understand that we follow two very different ideologies and have different priorities.

OOC: The International Space Station has existed since 1998 and we have already had commercial space flights. There are also current plans to build spaceports. So the technology does exist, it's just the cost. I agree we probably won't have a commercial space station in 2021, but it won't be because of lack of technology. As you can see I'm investing $300 billion to build this space station, which no one will probably do in RL so a commercial space station won't exist. I am Switzerland with an economy the size of the US economy, so I probably am in a better situation to do this than most RL countries. I don't think this is any more unrealistic than what Dubai is currently doing.

IC: Switzerland has the highest standard of living and offers all citizens free health care. Our unemployed recieve more than enough money to take care of themselves and their families. And all of the homeless are offered a place to live. Because of our prosperity we are able to invest in such extravagant projects.

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OOC: The International Space Station has existed since 1998 and we have already had commercial space flights. There are also current plans to build spaceports. So the technology does exist, it's just the cost. I agree we probably won't have a commercial space station in 2021, but it won't be because of lack of technology. As you can see I'm investing $300 billion to build this space station, which no one will probably do in RL so a commercial space station won't exist. I am Switzerland with an economy the size of the US economy, so I probably am in a better situation to do this than most RL countries. I don't think this is any more unrealistic than what Dubai is currently doing.

IC: Switzerland has the highest standard of living and offers all citizens free health care. Our unemployed recieve more than enough money to take care of themselves and their families. And all of the homeless are offered a place to live. Because of our prosperity we are able to invest in such extravagant projects.

OOC: Not commerical like this space station is. I suppose you're right that we could do this, just like we could build hovercars and giant robot soldiers. It just doesn't seem like something you'd see in real life. How can this be profittable anyway?

IC: We are glad that the lives of the Swiss people are so comfortable, but there are poor and starving across the globe.

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OOC: Not commerical like this space station is. I suppose you're right that we could do this, just like we could build hovercars and giant robot soldiers. It just doesn't seem like something you'd see in real life. How can this be profittable anyway?

IC: We are glad that the lives of the Swiss people are so comfortable, but there are poor and starving across the globe.

OOC: This could be profittable as more companies look to add on to this project. There is also more value to this project than profits. It will be the first time a large group of people are together in space is essentially the first space city.

IC: Our people give their share to charity. We can't take care of every person in the world and it isn't our job to.

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OOC: I agreed to allow it as he has switzerland with 13000 infra. As his public works demands, social welfare, and everything else would be small due to his small territory, it seems he could invest in something impractical. I personally think its a stupid investment, but he definately has the money to spend on it.

IC: Are construction drones to be operated from Earth or from space shuttles in orbit. We need to know how long to design the transmitter signal. We believe we could create construction drones that are nuclear battery powered and could operate for three weeks via remote to earth, before docking with a re-entry vehicle and coming back to Earth. This would eliminate the need for astronauts.

Edit: If there is some question of this reasoning, Hawk can overrule me here.

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OOC: This could be profittable as more companies look to add on to this project. There is also more value to this project than profits. It will be the first time a large group of people are together in space is essentially the first space city.

IC: Our people give their share to charity. We can't take care of every person in the world and it isn't our job to.

OOC: It wouldn't be profitable for the companies. It just costs too much to get into space.

IC: This is where our ideologies differ, I suppose. The people of the NAAC feel that it is their obligation as human beings to help their brothers and sisters, no matter what side of the border they are on.

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OOC: Hmm I found some intersting info from wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_tourism...nd_space_hotels

Several plans have been proposed for using a space station as a hotel.[31] American motel tycoon Robert Bigelow has acquired the designs for inflatable space habitats from the Transhab program abandoned by NASA. His company, Bigelow Aerospace already launched the first inflatable habitat module named Genesis I in 12 July 2006. The second test module, Genesis II was launched 28 June 2007. It is also currently planning to launch a prototype space station module by late 2008, and plans to officially launch the first commercial space station by 2010 (tagged Nautilus) which will have 330 cubic meters (almost as big as the ISS's 425 cubic meters of usable volume).[32][33]

Bigelow Aerospace is currently offering the America's Space Prize, a $50 million prize to the first US company to create a reusable spacecraft capable of carrying passengers to a Nautilus space station.

Other companies have also expressed interest in constructing "space hotels". For example, Excalibur Almaz plans to modernize and launch its Soviet-era Almaz space stations, which will feature the largest windows ever on spacecraft. Virgin's Richard Branson has expressed his hope for the construction of a space hotel within his lifetime. He expects that beginning a space tourism program will cost $100 million.[13] Hilton International announced the Space Islands Project, a plan to connect together used space shuttle fuel tanks, each the diameter of a Boeing 747 aircraft.[34] A separate organization, Space Island Group[35] announced their distinct Space Island Project (note the singular "Island"), and plans on having 20,000 people on their "space island" by 2020, with the number of people doubling for each decade.[36] British Airways has expressed interest in the venture. If and when Space Hotels develop, it would initially cost a passenger $60,000, with prices lowering over time

Looks like plans are well underway for commercial space stations. Space hotels: more likely than you think. :P

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OOC: Hmm I found some intersting info from wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_tourism...nd_space_hotels

Looks like plans are well underway for commercial space stations. Space hotels: more likely than you think. :P

OOC: Well, you ought to consider they are only plans. The start-up cost for those are abysmally huge.

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OOC: Hmm I found some intersting info from wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_tourism...nd_space_hotels

Looks like plans are well underway for commercial space stations. Space hotels: more likely than you think. :P

OOC: I see. Well, good luck with this, then. :D Hopefully you can find a market of people willing to spend a fortune to eat McDonalds in space. :P

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OOC: I fear a future where we will all press buttons for a living.

OOC: Or just gently nudge a roll of fat in a given direction where sensors determine, by your movements, whether you want pure fat injected into your veins for lunch or if you'd like another liter of cola.

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