The Moon Resort project brings space tourism to Earth

A proposed resort project in Dubai would allow tourists to visit the moon without ever leaving planet Earth.

Moon, a resort featuring a grand hotel and a simulation of the lunar surface contained within a giant sphere that doubles as a scale model of the Moon, has unsurprisingly captured the imagination of the world, and I is from Moon World Resorts Inc., based in Vancouver.

Co-founder Michael Henderson said the project can be seen in “two spheres, pardon the pun.”

“This is a large-scale destination complex, so it has all of the fully integrated components that one would expect to find in a very large-scale destination complex, such as event centers, convention and entertainment centers, restaurants and a hotel,” Henderson said.

“Then the second angle with which we approach the project is its real identity, the moon. We incorporate the building into the largest sphere in the world and inside it we have created the lunar surface and a colony , what we call our signature attraction.

“The project is really about space tourism for everyone, which has finally become a reality after 20 years, but it is difficult to participate in it because it is extremely expensive. Our plan is really to allow everyone to participate in this wonderful thing called space tourism,” Henderson said.

The project attracted media attention and was reported to be potentially located in Dubai, but Henderson said multiple locations were under consideration.

“Dubai, for many reasons, would be a phenomenal place,” Henderson said. “The general public in the UAE, especially in Dubai, has gone crazy for this, so it’s interesting to get a reaction.”

The sphere will be the largest such structure ever, and Henderson said the exterior will be made of carbon fiber composite and use solar power “so the building can self-power since the sphere is massive. “.

He added that given the availability of images and topography of the moon’s surface through National Space and Aeronautics (NASA) and other organizations, the exterior and interior will accurately reflect reality.

“(With) the lunar surface itself, the topography will be based on where we pick those 10 acres, and then we’ll replicate that precise surface topography. All of that has been mapped by multiple space organizations,” he said. he declares.

Henderson added that when he and his partners conceived the idea for the station 20 years ago, it was “really, really difficult”.

“Buildings 20 years ago were square or rectangular boxes. Today they lean this side, this side, twist, they are upside down. Structural engineering has come a long way and pretty much anything you can think of today you can build so the sphere is the tough structure it looks like on the outside,” he said .

He added that the structure is anchored not only by a large tower inside, but “a bit of concrete at the bottom” where facilities such as spas, pools and other amenities are located.

Henderson said the project is well past the idea stage and is looking to get a regional license by the end of the year.

“We then go into what we call a pre-development program, which is 12 months to get building permits etc, and then we start building. It’s a four-year build and it will (will be) an aggressive build, but we can get the main superstructure, all the discs (at the bottom of the structure) and the hotel structure completed in 26 months,” said he declared.

“Then the hardest part, obviously, you have to create the sphere, (which will take) more or less 48 months with a very large construction company, thousands of people, probably 3,000 to 4,000 people on the sites, but it’s doable” , he added. said.

While the hotel tower will be contained within the sphere and act as a load-bearing structure for the lunar surface in the upper half, guests staying at the hotel will have wall-sized screens showing the location of their choice.

“When you walk into your room at Moon Resorts, you can touch your phone against a sensor and all of a sudden you’re looking at your front yard, or your kids, your dog, your cat. If you want the Eiffel Tower to be there, if you want Las Vegas to be there, day and night, if you want the moon to be there, of course it’s there too,” he said.

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