Plans For Luxury Space Hotel Unveiled


"The goal when we started the company was to create that innovation to make simplicity possible, and by making simplicity possible, we drive a tremendous amount of cost out of it", he told

Orion Span said isn't stopping at hotels, either - It's next endeavor will be launching the world's first space condos.

On top of the luxury living space, passengers will also be able to participate and experience aspect of life as an astronaut.

USA company Orion Span has announced plans to open a luxury space hotel in 2021, giving guests a feel for zero gravity and, you'd imagine, some pretty spectacular views.

However, the full 12-day stay per person will be slightly more expensive - at £6 million. "Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before". Still, $9.5 million is $9.5 million, so it does not look like a space vacation will be popular among regular families just yet.

A hotel with all luxuries and private suites is going to be launched into space 320 kilometres above the surface of the earth by 2021. It plans to welcome its first guests in 2022.

Guests can have live video chats with their less-fortunate loved ones back home via high-speed wireless Internet access and, upon return to Earth, will be greeted with a specially arranged hero's welcome. "We'll probably be getting that in the next six to nine months", Orion Span's CEO Frank Bunger said to SpaceNews.

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He explained: "Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel".

Deposits are already being accepted for future stays on the space hotel.

Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space. Folks who fly up will undergo a three-month training program, the last portion of which will occur aboard the space hotel itself, Bunger said.

Axiom Space, a Texas-based company with a former International Space Station manager at the helm, has plans to put a commercial space station in orbit by 2024.

Whatever the price tag, the tourist demographic with spare cash for space jaunts is presumably quite small. Of course, Orion Span plans on partnering with private companies for transportation - Virgin Galactic is charging about $250,000 a ticket for a tourist seat.

He added: "We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing". In fact, the hotel - which is actually a modular space station - is being billed as the "first-ever luxury hotel in space".