Just imagine the scenario of spending your holidays in the outer space in a luxurious hotel with all the necessary amenity. And that too not as being a professional astronaut.
Well this visualization of yours is taking its shape slowly and soon going to turned into reality. Aurora Station, named as the “first luxury hotel in space,” may be for you. Houston-based Orion Span Inc. hoping to launch the modular station in late 2021 and will welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. The platform would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds.
“We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilization,” said Orion Span’s founder and chief executive officer, Frank Bunger. Orion Span’s offering won’t be for everyone, as you know launch and re-entry are not for the faint of heart.
“We’re not selling a hey-let’s-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space,” Bunger said. “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience.”
There are not only going to be physical limitations to face, but there are also the financial ones.
The 12-day stay experience starts at $9.5 million per person, or about $791,666 a night. Aurora Station is planned as a 35-by-14-foot module, or roughly the interior volume of a Gulfstream G550 private jet, according to Bunger. The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew.