The hotel will accommodate up to four space travellers and two crew members at one time, racing them around the planet at high speeds for 12 days
The Hush Post: Orion Span, a Houston-based firm aims to launch first luxury hotel in space by late 2021 and start receiving guests next year in 2022. The hotel in space, the 35-by-14 foot Aurora Station, would charge a whopping tariff of $791,666 for a night (roughly Rs 5 crore in Indian currency).
The hotel will accommodate up to four space travellers and two crew members at one time, racing them around the planet at high speeds for 12 days, the company said in a press release, The Washington Post reported.
Adventurers pay $9.5 million (about Rs 62 crore in Indian currency) per person – or about $791,666 for one night (about Rs 5 crore), and their $80,000 (about Rs 52 lakh) deposit can already be reserved online, company reportedly said. But don’t be afraid your deposit is fully refundable.
“We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilization,” Bloomberg quoted Frank Bunger, Orion Span’s founder and chief executive saying.
Bunger reportedly said that one reason Orion Span can aim for a price of less than $10 million per person is because of the declining price of launches.
“Everybody’s forecasting that [launch prices are] going to fall. Almost every week there’s another rocket launch company that’s starting up with a new way to get to orbit cheaper, faster, better,” Bunger told Bloomberg.
Orion Span’s announcement of a luxury hotel in space comes amid a revival of the commercial space industry. The launch of Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in February, for example, was the latest in a series of milestones that have renewed companies’ interest in space.
The launch raised the question of whether SpaceX and other private enterprises could maintain their momentum and fulfil the promise of returning humans to space. That likelihood could increase as the Trump administration looks to restructure the role of NASA, allowing private enterprise and international partners to work closely with the space agency.
Orion Span’s proposed hotel offers plenty of attractions: zero gravity flying throughout the station, views of patrons’ hometowns from space, the ability to take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit, and live-streams with friends and family at home through high-speed Internet, the report said.
Since commercial spaceflight has yet to launch humans into space, Aurora Station visitors will have three months of training, which would begin with online courses to better understand “basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics, and pressurized environments in space,” the Bloomberg quoted the company officials. The guests will also have contingency training at the company’s headquarters in Houston report said.
“Orion Span has … taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travellers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost. Our goal is to make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at lower cost,” company officials were quoted as saying.
A former software engineer Bunger told Bloomberg that the experience won’t be for everyone. The Aurora Station will mainly cater to those who are passionate about space and astronomical study.
“We’re not selling a hey-let’s-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space. We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience,” Bunger was quoted as saying.