Space tourism is growing day by day, and it’s now closer than ever to becoming a reality. While many private space companies are struggling to be the first in this emerging industry, the US-based space technology start-up Orion Span has already developed the plans for the first luxury hotel for space tourists – Aurora Station.
Revealed last Thursday, Aurora Station would be a fully modular space station which would be able to carry up to six people at the same time, including the two crew members. The company, Orion Span, would offer 12-day space travel tours but only for those wealthy enough to pay $9.5 million for such an adventure.
“Our goal is to make space accessible to all. Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before,” explained Frank Bunger, the founder and the CEO Orion Span, in a statement he made in 2018.
Meet Aurora Station, The First Luxury Hotel For Space Tourism
But the Aurora Station experience is not only about sitting next to a window, sipping from a cocktail. It would provide an authentic, full astronaut experience to its guests.
The space tourists accommodated on this luxury hotel would fly above Earth at an altitude of 200 miles, in the so-called Low Earth Orbit, from where they could enjoy stunning views of our planet. Also, the guests can see 16 sunrises and sunsets in a day since Aurora Station would orbit the Earth once every 90 minutes.
“With customizable private sleeping pods, top-quality space food and luxury design details, Aurora Station is ushering in a new era of space tourism, setting the bar higher than ever before,” added Frank Bunger. Also, the Orion Span CEO said that the first space tourists could book a spot on Aurora Station in 2021 if everything goes as planned.
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