First Hotel in Outer Space Planned to Open in 2022
The first of its kind
Space technology start-up Orion Span announced last week plans to open the first ever luxury hotel in space by 2022. The “Aurora Station” hotel is described as a “turnkey destination in space” that will hold only six people at a time – two crew members and four guests – for a 12-day stay that will include opportunities to participate in research experiments, virtual reality experiences, and live streaming with friends and family back on Earth. Guests and the crew will enjoy floating throughout the hotel in zero gravity, and Orion says the hotel will orbit the earth every 90 minutes, giving those on board an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
While there’s no word yet on the training required or specific roles the hotel’s crew members will play throughout the journey, guests must complete a three-month astronaut certification program in order to visit the hotel. Reservations are being taken now (with a $80,000 refundable deposit), and Orion says the total price per person starts at $9.5 million.
But that’s a bargain, says Orion CEO and Founder Frank Bunger. “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.”
Orion also reports that the Aurora Station space hotel is the first of more future developments in space as the company also plans to launch the world’s first condominiums in space where owners can live, visit, or sublease their units.
"Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel," Bunger added. "We will offer full charters to space agencies ... We will support zero gravity research as well as in space manufacturing. Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grwo with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth."