While the first humans prepared to walk on the moon in the 1960s, Hugh Hefner also began opening Playboy Clubs. Today, as private corporations take on space, Playboy preps to launch party-goers toward the heavens with visions of an gravity-defying nightclub.
But what would a Playboy Club in outer space look like? According to LiveScience, Playboy has teamed up with artist Thomas Tenery, Virgin Galactic and several scientists to paint a picture for the March issue of Playboy. Straight out of science fiction, Playboy’s ultimate dream would include a zero-gravity, trampoline-lined dance club, fine dining, bungee jumping, space “farms” for food, and a casino with “human roulette.”
“The Playboy Club in space will be on a station in orbit, like a cruise ship,” Playboywriters A.J. Baime and Jason Harper describe. “Orbiting Earth is one idea, but it could also travel around other celestial bodies.”
Former NASA scientist Stan Kent and futurist Thomas Frey from the Davini Institute think tank worked with Baime and Harper to address the physics behind the aircraft’s design and functionality. Thanks to centrifugal force, the spinning restaurant would experience an artificial gravity, keeping food and drinks from floating away.
One of NewsFeed’s big concerns, of course, is what the bunnies would be wearing. Reportedly, ladies in the zero-gravity, psychedelic dance club will serve viscous drink blobs while floating around in jet packs. For the more promiscuous, “orbital pleasure domes” will feature large windows with celestial views of Earth during intimate interludes.
Though it’s certainly light years away, their imaginative vision may not be so outlandish.
“As Virgin Galactic gets closer to becoming the world’s first commercial space line, Playboy is eagerly pondering the creation of the ultimate intergalactic entertainment destination,” Playboy editorial director Jimmy Jellinek said in a statement. “This heaven-in-the-heavens will exceed starry-eyed travelers’ wildest dreams, and guests will truly experience a party that’s out of this world.”
According to LiveScience, Virgin Galactic expects to start test flights this year and sell tickets to the public for $200,000 a seat on SpaceShip Two. A handful of private firms such as Orbital Sciences Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. have joined Virgin Galactic in trying to make commercial travel in Earth’s orbit commence this year, Fox News reports.
“There are more projects like this going on than most experts even know about,” Doug Raybeck, a futurist and professor at Hamilton College in New York, told Fox News. “There are a lot of people developing this technology under the radar and they want it that way.”
With or without the lift, NewsFeed’s already planning an ultimate bachelor party in the stars. Who’s in?