Self-described serial entrepreneur behind the Aurora Station tells it is selling the astronaut experience and plans to open in 2021
A Houston-based company said this week it plans to open the” first luxury hotel in space” by late 2021.
Orion Span‘s compact Aurora Station- at 35 ft-by-1 4ft its interior will be comparable to that of a Gulfstream jet, the company said- is projected to accommodate four travellers and two crew members for 12 -day remains 200 miles above the earth. Guests will be charged $9.5 m each, or about $791,666 a night. Refundable deposits of $80,000 can now be made online.
The founder Frank Bunger- described by his own company as” a serial entrepreneur and technology start-up executive”- told Bloomberg:” We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilization .”
In a press release, Orion Span said it would take” what was historically a 24 -month developing regimen to prepare travellers to visit a space station and streamline it to three months, at a fraction of the cost “.
Customers would subsequently understand basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics and life in pressurized surroundings in space, the company said.
The company told travellers would then” enjoy the exhilaration of zero gravity … gaze at the northern and southern aurora through the many windows, soar over their hometowns, had participated in research experimentations such as growing food while in orbit( which they can take home with them as the ultimate souvenir ), revel in a virtual reality experience on the holodeck, and stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones back home via high-speed wireless internet access .”
They would also, it said,” be treated to a hero’s welcome home “.
Bunger said the project had been stimulated possible in part because” almost every week, there’s another rocket-launch company that’s starting up with a new route to get to orbit cheaper, faster, better “.
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