If you’ve been looking for an ‘out of this world’ vacation idea, with a price to match…look no further.
According to an announcement in San Jose, what was at one time among the wildest of Sci-Fi fantasies could be orbiting terra firma in as little as 2 years… and operational in five.
The space hotel, dubbed Aurora Station, will house six people at any one time – four paying passengers and two crew.
Orion Span was founded by Frank Bunger, now the CEO, and the company claims it’s mission is to ‘build and sustain human communities in space accessible to all.’
…It will be about the size of a large private jet’s cabin, measuring 43.5 feet long by 14.1 feet wide and feature a pressurized volume of 5,650 cubic feet.
It is believed the space hotel will be modular in design, making it easier to launch and add to at a later date.
Bunger told Forbes: ‘When the guests return home to Earth, we’re going to treat them to a hero’s welcome.’
Although pegged as a space hotel and offering all the bells and whistles for the guests, Aurora will also serve other functions outside of hospitality.
‘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.
‘We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing.
‘Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth.’
It’s not some typical ho-hum trip.
But it comes with a hefty price tag.
If you had the opportunity — would you go into an orbital hotel?
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