The first space hotel

When we think about an exotic destination, the image of white sand, beautiful lagoons covered with fantastic plants and flowers or the city with mysterious stories… but forget about it, close your eyes for a minute and imagine…a vacation outer the space in a hotel without gravity. Orion Span’s luxury hotel, Aurora Station, absolutely meet your expectation of a fancy vacation that you never experienced before.

Aurora Station

Aurora Station is better described as a modular space station than a luxury hotel. In fact, the size of Aurora Station is approximately equivalent to a private jet. According to the Robb Report, the acreage of the station is measured as a total of 455 square feet.  The station is equipped with facilities including electronic supply and electronic parts with electronic inventory and sufficient space for 4 guests; however, there is no room to enhance as ordinary luxury hotels on earth. Besides 4 guests, a crew of two members will accommodate the interstellar visitors on 12-day trip and instruct them to do research and experiments.

As Frank Bunger, Orion founder and CEO, explained “Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth. 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. This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way”.


What to do?

The promising schedule of this amazing trip is unexpectable. The premises of Aurora Station is for the guest to live astronauts’ lives as live, feel, breath, cook, eat exactly the same a professional astronaut. That means your daily routine is remaining, you will do everything without the gravity.   Absolutely, your dinner and lunch are not 5-star-standard, but you have new experience to cook for yourself in 24/7 weightlessness.

With a period of 12 days, you will not feel bored since there are various activities for guest to do and to go. Firstly, as mentioned above, you will get used to with the 24/7 weightlessness and your daily routine will amaze you because of the difference between on earth and outer space.

Secondly, you can soar over your hometowns and take part in experimental research with the crew such as growing fruits and vegetables on the space.

Thirdly, you will have a tour about day-to-day life on the space station. Finally, the Aurora station will make one full orbit 200 miles above Earth every 90 minutes, which means that guests will get the views of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. The guests will blow their mind to sit hours and hours, keep watching and look outside. That will be an unforgettable memory.

What to prepare?

Unquestionably, this trip is aberrant, and the guests obviously need to prepare themselves for the basic knowledge regarding the space life. Thus, staying on the Aurora requisite a health screening confirmation from the hospital and a three-month certification process. For health screening approval, the guests can flexibly participate online.

However, the second requirement are necessary to finish personally at Orion Span’s facility in Houston, Texas. After the training process, the guests are ready for the trip. In fact, the training process is equal to one-eighth of the astronauts’ training program.

How much does it cost?

The cost for such a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Aurora station will start from $9.5 million per person, in other words, around $791,666 a night. A refundable deposit of $80,000 will be required for the guests to book a place on the waiting lists. Once the launching is coming closer and closer, the company will contact the guest on the waiting list to discuss their available dates. According Bunger, prices will go down and they will not be unreasonably high in the long-term.

When is it launched?

The due date to launch the hotel is in 2021 and the first guests will be welcomed in 2022. This concept is considered as a fantastic idea by most of potential users: the Orion Span clocked up four months' worth of bookings 72 hours after announcing the news.

Furthermore, the Orion Span is not the sole company taking part in space hotel industry. Bigelow Space Operations also announced their plans for a space hotel to launch by 2021.



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