A company has plans of launching a luxury hotel in space.
The launching of Aurora Station aims at building affordable luxury hotel in space.
During the Space 2.0 Summit which was held in San Jose, California, on April 5, Orion Span, the startup company shed light on its aspiring plans.
Orion Span aims to kick Aurora Station high up in late 2021 and begin accommodating guests in 2022. So in four years, spending time with your loved ones, or alone in space will be a real thing.
A Space.com report explains how affordable becomes a relative term. According to the report, a 12-day stay aboard Aurora Station will start at $9.5 million (Rs 61,72,91,000 approximately).
If we go back and see the period between 2001 and 2009, as many as seven private citizens took a total of eight trips to International Space Station (ISS) paying an estimated $20 million to $40 million (Rs 1,29,99,00,000 to Rs 2,59,98,00,000) each time.
There’s been innovation around the architecture to make it more modular and more simple to use and have more automation, so we don’t have to have EVAs (extravehicular activities) or spacewalks.
– Space.com quoted Orion Span CEO Frank Bunger
Aurora Station will be 43.5 feet by 14.1 feet with a 5,650 cubic feet pressurised volume, according to representatives from Orion Space.
The hotel is much smaller than the International Space Station which is 357 feet long with an internal pressure volume of 32,333 cubic feet and the guests will have to undergo a three-month training before the flight, according to an Inquisitr report.
According to the aforementioned report, the luxury hotel will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 322 km, just some 80 km lower than the ISS.
Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules. We’re calling that a space condo. 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).
– Space.com quoted Bunger
Orion Span is already starting to accept deposits for those who want to be the first guests in their affordable luxury hotel in space.
Aurora Station will be equipped for a remarkable Astronaut Experience that can be had nowhere else in the known universe: grow food in space, dive into our in-space Holodeck, participate in real space research, or enjoy views that will blow your mind . At the end of the day, curl up in your private suite.
According to Orion Span website, Aurora Station will be the World’s first luxury space hotel in orbit 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. The luxurious accommodations will include private suites for two, the most number of windows ever created for spaceflight, weightlessness, and the world’s only authentic astronaut experience.
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