Roald Dahl might have warned of the dangers of space hotels, but that hasn't put off billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who has said he will put an inflatable "habitat" into space by the end of 2022.
Hotel entrepreneur Bigelow's eponymous space company, Bigelow Aerospace, announced a partnership with rocket maker United Launch Alliance to launch one of its expandable B330 modules into low lunar orbit in the next five years.
Bigelow owns the rights to the technology, which was originally developed by Nasa in the 1990s but abandoned.
The technology is similar to reinforced tyres, and allows the soft-shelled pod to expand widthways, which Bigelow says offers better protection against radiation and debris to those inside than the International Space Station (ISS).
Once the module is in place, it will be used for "visiting, living and working off our planet", said Tony Bruno, the president and chief executive of ULA. The pair have dubbed their plan "Lunar. Sooner.".
There is only one slight catch: money. The Washington Post has suggested the project will cost $2.3bn in total.
Although Bigelow tweeted this week capital "has been flowing", he added additional finance may have to come from "Nasa and this country". The ball is in Donald Trump's court now...
NASA & this country will need to have investment also to pay for the benefits.— Robert Bigelow (@RobertTBigelow) October 17, 2017