Company hopes to open luxury hotel in space

07 April, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Aurora Station

Orion Span said isn't stopping at hotels, either - It's next endeavor will be launching the world's first space condos. Now, in the age of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic, the idea that a private company would launch an orbiting hotel seems nearly pedestrian. So, either for living or subleasing, that's the future vision here - to create a long-term, sustainable human habitation in LEO (low Earth orbit).

The Aurora Station will measure around 43 feet long by 14 feet wide, according to the company, and will orbit the Earth at an altitude of around 200 miles (for comparison, the ISS orbits at an altitude of 250 miles). Space travelers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey, starting at $9.5M per person. "You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience".

"We're not selling a hey-let's-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space", Bunger said. The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew.

Orion Span's next mission?

If you've got $80,000 to spare, you can put a (fully refundable) deposit down on an Aurora Station stay beginning today.

Orion Span says it hasn't yet secured a contract with a launch provider, like SpaceX so its launch timeline may be a little ambitious.

Would-be space tourists have been waiting for years for the chance to finally take their dream vacation of orbiting around our little, blue planet. Van Espahbodi, managing partner of Starburst Accelerator LLC, a consulting and venture firm, added that the public-relations push behind Orion Span may be an effective way to help the company attract funding, too.

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However, it claims to have "developed proprietary technology to drive a full order of magnitude of cost out of the design and manufacture of a space station".

These prices are said to be all-inclusive, which event includes the launch to get the hotel into orbit.

Richard Garriott, a video game developer who reportedly shelled out $30 million for a two-week stay at the ISS in 2008, told NBC News that Orion Span's initiative is critical for "both research and private use".

Mr Bunger announced future plans for the company beyond the space hotel in a blog post. "Orion Span has additionally taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost".

The hotel will also be equipped with a virtual reality "holodeck". "Fire and gas don't work the same way in space as they do on Earth".

A company has announced what it's calling the world's first luxury hotel in space.


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