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This Las Vegas hotel mogul wants to open another hotel ... in space
This artist's rendering made available by Elon Musk on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 shows SpaceX's new mega-rocket design at the International Space Station. With the 350-foot-tall spacecraft, Musk announced that his private space company aims to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022. (SpaceX via AP) - photo by Herb Scribner
A Vegas hotel mogul has one-upped Elon Musk. He wants to send an entire hotel into space.

According to Business Insider, Robert Bigelow, who owns the Budget Suites of America hotel chain, said his company Bigelow Aerospace wants to send a hotel into space by 2022.

The hotel would orbit the moon and accommodate both astronauts and citizens in need of a vacation.

The company previously worked with NASA to launch a demo pod into space. Bigelow hopes to develop an even bigger pod that could serve as a hotel that would orbit the moon for five years.

Bigelow said the newer pod could hold about six people.

The aerospace company said it will work with the United Launch Alliance to send the hotel into the moon's orbit, according to Business Insider.

Bigelow tweeted that his company will likely need NASAs help to launch the project.

The Washington Post reported it would cost roughly $2.3 billion.

Its unclear if NASA will help. The company did offer a statement, though:

"NASA is excited to see continued global interest in moving human exploration farther into the solar system. A sustainable crew presence in deep space will require the best of NASA, our international partners and the private sector."

NASA and Bigelow worked together in April 2016 when Bigelow Aerospace's "expandable activity module" was attached to the International Space Station to be used for experiments.

The venture also involved SpaceX, Elon Musks company, whose rocket launched the module. At the time, Newsweek reported that the module could serve as a space hotel sometime in the future.

Russia made plans in 2011 to launch the first-ever space hotel in 2016, according to CNN. The proposed model, called the Commercial Space Station, would have accommodated seven people at once, and it was projected that visits would last between three days and six months.
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