First Luxury Hotel In Orbit Now Taking Room Deposits

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

However, the full 12-day stay per person will be slightly more expensive - at £6 million.

Startup company Orion Span announced Thursday at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California, that it would be launching the "first-ever affordable luxury space hotel" by late 2021.

Aurora Station will be equipped for a remarkable Astronaut Experience that can be had nowhere else in the known universe: grow food in space, dive into our in-space Holodeck, participate in real space research, or enjoy views that will blow your mind. But Bunger says that it's an extremely streamlined and discounted process compared to the typical 24-month training regimen used to prepare would-be space travelers. However, this is slightly less than spending in the past Kosmicheskie tourists in 2001-2009 year seven people were paying for the private flight to the ISS 20 to 40 million dollars each. It'll measure 43.5 feet long by 14.1 feet wide (13.3 by 4.3 meters) and feature a pressurized volume of 5,650 cubic feet (160 cubic m), Orion Span representatives said. The hotel is much smaller than the ISS which is 357 feet long with an internal pressure volume of 32,333 cubic feet.

You'll need close to two weeks of vacation time and and deep pockets for the hotel stay.

But the station won't stay the same size forever, according to Bunger.

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Bunger said the space module for Aurora Station would be assembled in-house in Houston, starting in early to mid-2019, with some components provided by outside suppliers.

Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space.

"Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules", Bunger told the website. "So, either for living or subleasing, that's the future vision here - to create a long-term, sustainable human habitation in LEO [low Earth orbit]". Several other companies, including Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, also aim to launch commercial space stations to Earth orbit in the next few years to meet anticipated demand from space tourists, national governments, researchers and private industry. Orion Span has already started taking reservations with an $80,000 deposit.

Bunger acknowledged that it'll take a lot of work to develop, test and launch hardware in time to open the space hotel in 2022.

Orion Span's next mission?

Interested guests will have to undergo a three-month training program to get themselves ready for the trip.

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