RONDE ISLAND, GRENADA
GALACTIC SUITE LDT.
The Galactic Suite Space Port comprises all the infrastructures needed for Earth-bound activities related to the space tourist experience. Situated on a tropical island, it meets all the requirements for a suitable location from which to launch spacecraft into the Galactic Suite Space Resort’s chosen orbit. It is made up of different operational areas spread over a total surface of 100,000m2, with investment in facilities totaling 150 million euros in the first phase.
The technical area consists of all the facilities required for take-off, landing and maintenance of Galactic Suite Spacecraft and private jets, including the control buildings. There is also a large harbour for deliveries of technical equipment and fuel.
The buildings take their inspiration from the outline of the existing landscape, stretching out into radiating beams which blend into the surrounding terrain.
They are designed as luminous structures which allow the spacecraft to emerge from their interior on the Maglev acceleration module while the buildings open up in layers, enabling the interior to be bathed in natural light. They will cover a built-up surface area of 28,000m2.
This holds all the training facilities for space tourists during the required 16 week training period. It will include all necessary installations such as a human centrifuge, swimming-pool, gyms, conference halls, library and infirmary as well as the dining quarters and cafeterias, which are also used by the technical staff.
These buildings are situated alongside the technical area and are similarly shaped to the technical buildings, but on higher ground. Their total surface area will be around 12,000m2.
This area is proposed as a facility for visitors on one-day excursions from nearby locations to view operations in the technical and training areas. These facilities will also provide opportunities for the space tourist’s families to enjoy educational and recreational activities related to space as well as offer a magnificent viewing platform overlooking the launch way and landing area. Situated at the top of a cliff on the southern side of the Galactic Suite Island, the buildings are conceived as large skylights that direct light into their interior while inviting visitors to view the outside. They house museums, simulators, shops, restaurants, cafeterias and a viewing platform overlooking the launch way. The area will cover a total surface of 20,000m2.
This will comprise a luxurious hotel resort surrounded by breathtaking natural landscape, which will serve to accommodate space tourists and their families during their stay on the island. The main part of the island will remain undeveloped in order to preserve the native flora and fauna. The resort will include a total of 200 rooms divided between different types of floating suites along the coastline and rooms hanging over nearby cliffs. The central building will hold a conference centre, restaurants, cafeterias, a spa and wellness centre and facilities for sports such as golf, tennis and canoeing.
The buildings find their inspiration in large flowerpots, some of them half-buried, covered by ground and water to improve the building’s passive adaptation to the climate. The accommodation area will have a total surface of 40,000m2.