A Houston-base aerospace company is aiming to launch the first luxury space hotel in late 2021, so start saving for your voyage into orbit now.
Orion Span is working to complete the Aurora Station, which will be “hosting tourists, astronauts, space research and manufacturing on board” by early 2022, the company announced in a blog post.
Guests on the Aurora Station will pay an estimated $792,000 per night, and they will likely be required to remain aboard for multiple nights. The company estimates that the cost of a twelve-day voyage will be approximately $9.5 million per person.
“We’re not selling a hey-let’s-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space,” said Frank Bunger, Orion Span’s founder and chief executive officer. “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience.”
UPI reported: The hotel will orbit Earth at a distance of 200 miles, circling the globe once every 90 minutes.
As of now, the company has a business model and basic plans for the construction of its luxury space hotel. But to make their plans a reality, they need to raise money.
According to Bloomberg, the startup has yet to team up with a launch provider. But Orion Span isn’t the only commercial space outfit with bold plans.
Another Texas-based company, Axiom Space, plans to put a commercial space station into orbit by 2024. Virgin Galactic wants to take tourists on shorter but slightly more affordable — at $250,000 a pop — trips through space. SpaceX has also said it plans to carry a pair of space tourists around the moon.