Are you looking for a vacation spot that is out of this world?
Orion Span, a private space exploration company, is promising to launch the world’s first luxurious hotel into orbit by the year 2022.
Called the Aurora Station, the “space condo” will sit 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, currently lower than the International Space Station.
The hotel can accommodate four travelers at a time, two-persons per module. The trip will include two crew members. The company boasts that the suite will have the most windows ever on spacecraft, and will include a 12-day round trip, preceded by a three-month training program to get you accustomed to space.
The website promises “an authentic astronaut experience, ” one that includes “the thrill of zero gravity.” A guest can watch the aurora borealis, grow food in space, or dive into their “holodeck.”
I’m assuming these holodecks aren’t anything like the Star Trek: The Next Generation holodecks or Orion Span is really burying the lead here.
CEO and founder of Orion Span, Frank Bunger promises "Orion Span has additionally taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost. Our goal is to make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at lower cost."
How much will these space vacations cost you? A mere $9.5 million per person. If that seems a little steep, understand that the payment includes the travel cost, free Oxygen, and unlimited Tang.
Is Tang still a thing?
If you are skeptical of the 2022 launch date, you might have reason to be. This isn’t the first promise of Low-orbit vacations. Back in 2007, the Galactic Suite Project began taking bookings for a getaway similar to Aurora Station. That never project never made it off the group. However, companies like SpaceX have been making strides toward private space travel.
Bunger says the company will grow along with the module itself. "Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth," he says. "We will later sell dedicated modules as the world's first condominiums in space. Future Aurora owners can live in, visit, or sublease their space condo."
You can save a spot on the waiting list for $80,000. So, what are you waiting for?