Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

First Luxury Hotel In Orbit Now Taking Room Deposits

First Luxury Hotel In Orbit Now Taking Room Deposits

"When we reach capacity, we simply launch another of the same space station and attach it on Aurora's radial hub".

"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 Space.com. World's first ever luxury hotel in space dubbed "Aurora Station" will soon entice the tourists, reportedly. In comparison, the International Space Station is 109 meters long with a pressurized volume of 916 cubic meters, and orbits at 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth. The hotel can accommodate two crew members and four passengers for each flight.

While Orion Span plans to build Aurora Station itself, it has yet to confirm launch details with other companies.

The company is now taking reservations for a deposit of $80,000 - which Orion Span stipulates is refundable if the guest changes their mind. The experience including journey time will last around 12 days, with Orion Span saying the stay will allow guests to live like astronauts. The name of the luxury space hotel is Aurora Station and the idea of establishing it in space was unveiled on April 5 at Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. "Lastly, when the guests return home to Earth, we're going to treat them to a hero's welcome". Orion Span's offering won't be for everyone, however: Launch and re-entry are not for the faint of heart. We will offer full charters to space agencies who are looking to achieve human spaceflight in orbit for a fraction of the cost - and only pay for what they use.


Guests will need to complete a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification program, the first part of which is done online, followed by an in-person training facility in Texas. Founded by entrepreneur Frank Bunger, Orion Span's team is comprised of aerospace industry veterans with over 140 years of space experience. 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.

Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space. Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth.

"Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules". Follow Orion Span on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn at @OrionSpanInc, and on Twitter at @OrionSpan. Orion Span is also advertising to other groups in the field of space research, such as government agencies, and organizations interested in space manufacturing-a field which promises to enable industrial processes that can not be realized on Earth.

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