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‘First-Ever Space Hotel’ To Launch In 2021, Costs $9.5 Million For 12-Day Stay
By Izza Sofia, 08 Apr 2018
A luxurious hotel in space is set to launch in 2021.
A Houston-based space tech firm, Orion Span, has announced that it will be creating the first-ever luxury space hotel which will launch into the Earth’s orbit by 2021. Dubbed ‘Aurora Station’, it will open its doors to visitors in 2022.
However, the firm will charge its tourists a hefty price tag of $9.5 million for a 12-day stay. Those who are interested will be required to pay an up-front deposit of US$80,000.
CEO of Orion Span Frank Bunger, said that the company’s mission is to “make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at a lower cost."
“Upon launch, ‘Aurora Station’ goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before,” Bunger said in a statement.
The company plans to build the space station on its own, but information on the launch details has yet to come forth.
The hotel will have a modular design and the size of the hotel will be as big as a large private jet’s cabin, which is 43.5 feet long and 14.1 feet wide. It will also carry a pressurized volume of 5,650 cubic feet. The ‘Aurora Station’ will house six people—four guests and two crew members.
Guests will be allowed to roam freely in zero gravity while gaze upon the spectacular views of the Earth through the station’s windows. The station will also orbit around the planet every 90 minutes and guests will get to witness the 16 sunsets and sunrises every 24 hours. The station is also equipped with a virtual reality experience called the ‘Holodeck.’
Tourists will also learn to grow edible plants and livestream the process with people back home via the wireless internet. Bunger told Bloomberg that it wishes to provide tourists the experience of being an astronaut.
These keen space travelers will have to go through a three-months training regime, called the Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC); which includes an online and in-person training at the company in Houston as well as the final certification at the ‘Aurora Station’.
If the ‘Aurora Station’ is successful, the company plans to launch the“world’s first condominiums in space.”
[via CNN, opening image via PR Newswire]
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