WORLDWIDE — The world's first luxury space hotel is on the horizon.
For the low, low price of $9.5 million dollars, the most magnificent view of earth can be yours. Aurora Station was announced during the Space 2.0 summit in San Jose, California, on Thursday.
US-based space technology start-up Orion Span said the fully modular space station will host six people at a time, including two crew members, for 12-day trips. It plans to welcome its first guests in 2022.
"Our goal is to make space accessible to all," Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span, said in a statement. "Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before.”
Guests will experience zero gravity and gaze upon stunning views of the planet with the added perk of being able to witness an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets a day.
Also on the agenda is the chance to take part in research experiments such as growing food in orbit and try out state-of-the-art virtual reality technology on the holodeck, while high-speed internet will let people put together some truly incredible Snapchat stories.
"Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travellers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience."
Orion Span said isn’t stopping at hotels, either — It’s next endeavor will be launching the world's first space condos.
According to Bloomberg, the space start-up has yet to contract with a launch provider, either for its initial flights to build the station or for customer flights.
"The startup’s aggressive four-year time frame may be a ploy," said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies Corp., to assess “what kind of market might be out there for this.”
Orion Span isn’t the only one
Texas-based Axiom Space has plans to put a commercial space station in orbit by 2024.
It says it will begin to take tourists to the ISS in 2019, but has not put a price tag on their offering yet.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic plans to put passengers briefly into sub-orbital space, and charge for $250,000 for its trips. Branson originally said flights would begin in 2009, but an official date has yet to be set for its maiden voyage.