Startup company Orion Span has revealed its plans to open a luxury hotel in orbit in 2022 during Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California, on Thursday, April 5.
The company plans to open the Aurora Station in late 2021 and start accommodating guests in the first ever luxury space hotel in 2022. “We are launching the first-ever affordable luxury space hotel,” said Frank Bunger, founder, and CEO of Orion Span.
Aurora Station will host six people at a time including two crew members. The space hotel will be about the size of a large private jet’s cabin. It will measure 43.5 feet long by 14.1 feet wide and have a pressurized space of with 5,650 cubic feet. People those who are interested in paying a visit to the space hotel for 12 days will have to shell out a whopping $9.5 million per person. The company has already started accepting $80,000 deposits to reserve a spot on for the 12-day journey aboard Aurora Station, promising that the deposit is completely refundable.
The space hotel will operate about 200 miles above Earth in the Low Earth Orbit. As the station will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, guests will get a chance to witness a total of 16 sunrises and sunsets per 24 hours. During the stay, guests will be able to enjoy the exhilaration of zero gravity and fly freely throughout Aurora Station. They will be made to take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit. Furthermore, the space hotel will also feature a high-speed wireless Internet connection, plus a VR holodeck.
But before heading to the space hotel, travelers will need to complete the Orion Span Astronaut Certification, a three-month course which will prepare them for the trip. The first part of the course will be completed online, the second part will be finished at the company’s training facility in Texas, and the last portion will be finished on the Aurora Station itself.
Interested people can secure a spot on Aurora Station for themselves by depositing $80,000 on the company’s official website.