Transterrestrial Musings has some first hand reporting on a private orbital hotel due to deploy by 2010. I find this particularly interesting because NPR had a story on in the last day or two about the “resumed momentum” by NASA for completing the ISS. I immediately wondered “if you’ve lost momentum before, why won’t you lose it again this time?”. The NASA spokesman also made the claim to that NASA was building the first long term space habitat. Well, apparently not because ISS isn’t going to be ready by 2010.
P.S. There is some further serendipity, as I had just tweaked OJ about the contrast of his NASA boosterism with his mocking of Airbus. Apparently it’s simply an a priori fact that “our boondoggle good, their boondoggle bad”.