A startup plans to open a luxury space hotel by 2022. The company will initially cater to leisure travelers but services will eventually open for explorers from government agencies.
The startup, Orion Span, promises to provide the experience of being an astronaut for an affordable price. The space hotel is called the Aurora Station. It is designed to accommodate four guests and two crew members.
CEO and founder Frank Bunger says the luxury space hotel is only the beginning. The company is set to offer more in the future.
“We will later sell dedicated modules as the world’s first condominiums in space. Future Aurora owners can live in, visit, or sublease their space condo. This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way,” the CEO declares in a statement.
The Experience Aboard The Aurora Space Station
The Aurora Station will soar 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. For each flight, it will orbit the Earth every 90 minutes. This will give the passengers the extraordinary moment of witnessing an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
While on the Aurora Station, guests will experience zero gravity that will allow them to “fly” across the hotel. They can revel at the northern and southern aurora through the hotel’s windows. The hotel is also designed with a holodeck where passengers can enjoy virtual reality and live stream their experience back to Earth.
The full accommodation includes participating in research experiments that will teach passengers to grow food while in orbit. Their produced food will serve as their souvenir to bring with them to Earth.
Once guests return Earth, the company will give them a hero’s welcome.
Aurora Station Luxury Space Hotel Price And Additional Features
Interested guests can stay for 12 nights for $9.5 million per person. The price is inclusive of transportation fee, food, and drinks aboard the space hotel. Reservation of $80,000 is now being accepted.
The accommodation price also includes a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification which guests will attend prior take-off. The first part of the training can be done online while the final portion will be conducted in-person at Orion Span’s training facility in Houston, Texas.
- The hotel measures 43.5 feet long by 14.1 feet wide
- It has a pressurized volume of 5,650 cubic feet
- For comparison, the International Space Station is 357 feet long and has an internal pressurized volume of 32,333 cubic feet