Travel will soon be taken up a notch with the launch of an outer space luxury hotel. Not everyone gets to explore their home country, and even fewer are able to see the world, but in 2021 the bar will be raised, about 200 miles up actually. And with a fully-refundable $80,000 deposit, waitlist reservations are now open...
The Houston-based Orion Span Inc. plans to have the Aurora Station ready within the next few years. The modular platform will hold four guests, along with a couple crew members, for almost two weeks, which is 384 sunrises and sunsets. If that math seems a bit off, keep in mind that it will be orbiting the Earth at unbelievably high speeds. Unfortunately, but obviously, this vacation will not be cheap. Guests will have to pay around $792,000 a night, which is over $9 million for the whole stay. The other price will be the physical toll the journey takes on a non-astronaut body, so this 12 day destination will be accompanied by three months of training.
The Aurora Station is a 35-by-14-foot module, which is about the same size as the interior of a private jet. The company’s employees who are building the space hotel are former NASA employees. Orion Span claims it’s “developed proprietary technology to drive a full order of magnitude of cost out of the design and manufacture of a space station.” Frank Hunger, the CEO and former software engineer, said, “We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilization.”
As crazy as this idea sounds, there are several other companies attempting a similar feat, making this the new space race. Check out the video below for more info...