Artist’s illustration of Orion Span’s planned orbiting hotel Aurora Station. * Credit Orion Span
06 April, 2018, 22:46
But what if your chance of having the right stuff for NASA's astronaut corps is, to say the least, minimal?
"We are launching the world's first affordable luxury hotel space", said founder and CEO of Orion Span Bunger Frank (Frank Bunger). The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, meaning those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
Once, such a thing would have clearly been the stuff of fiction.
"This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way".
If everything goes well, the Aurora will grow larger as time goes on: more modules can be added on later to expand its offerings, which are now planned to include station-grown food and (we're not joking) a freaking holodeck.
What the inside of the orbiting hotel may look like.
Mr Bunger said his goal was to make space "accessible to all", although a trip to Aurora Station will still require a three-month training regime - including a stint at a company facility in Houston, Texas - and each person will be billed a whopping $9.5m (£6.7m). The spacecraft will accommodate four guests and two crew members. In any case, Orion Span is now taking deposits to be placed on the waiting list, so if you've got $80,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can join the queue. A company called Orion Span wants to organize your next vacation-to outer space. It reflects the type of commercial venture that's become more common over the past decade, fueled by decreases in launch costs and an influx of venture capital. He is now assistant dean and chief of staff at the University of Colorado at Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Orion Span's next mission?
Orion Span's ambitions don't end with operating a luxury hotel in space. "We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing", said Bunger. Bunger did not announce their launch partners yet.
These prices are said to be all-inclusive, which event includes the launch to get the hotel into orbit. Bigelow Aerospace LLC, founded by lodging billionaire Robert Bigelow, deployed its 8-foot, 3,000-pound inflatable activity module on the ISS in May 2016.
Booking a spot on the station, which fits four guests, takes an $80,000 deposit.
And what would a luxury hotel be without an insane view? The stratollites are used for communications, surveillance, weather forecasting, atmospheric research, and other applications.
"We will offer full charters to space agencies who are looking to achieve human spaceflight in orbit for a fraction of the cost - and only pay for what they use".
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