Named after the magical light phenomenon that illuminates the Earth’s polar skies, Aurora Station is being developed by Orion Span and the company’s team of space industry veterans, who have over 140 years of human space experience. A hotel with all luxuries and private suites is going to be launched into space 320 kilometres above the surface of the earth by 2021. From 2022, guests could have an “authentic astronaut” experience of living at a space hotel. “We’re proud to announce Aurora Station – our first orbital community – will launch in late 2021 as the world’s first luxury space hotel. By early 2022, we will be hosting tourists, astronauts, space research, and manufacturing on board Aurora Station in the lower earth orbit,” Frank Bunger, CEO and Founder of Orion Span said.
How Much Aurora Station Charge for Booking?
The hotel named Aurora Station will be provided on first come first serve basis. Orion Span will charge $9.5 million for the ride and 12-day stay at the station which includes the cost of the to-and-fro journey. Advance booking for the ride is open and you need to submit $80,000 to book your berth.
The company said that the deposit will be totally refundable and be kept with a third party until six months before the launch. “For your peace of mind, your deposit stays with our trusted third party escrow service and stays there until 6 months prior to your stay. The deposit cannot be moved without your explicit approval. Your deposit is also fully refundable should you change your mind,” it stated.
Prior to take-off, those set to travel on Aurora Station will enjoy a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC). Phase one of the certification program is done online, making space travel easier than ever. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification is completed during a traveller’s stay on Aurora Station.
What do people get to experience inside Aurora Station?
During their stay on Aurora Station, travellers will enjoy the exhilaration of zero gravity and fly freely throughout Aurora Station, gaze at the northern and southern aurora through the many windows, soar over their hometowns, take part in research experiments 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. While in space, Aurora Station guests will soar 200 miles above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit, or LEO, where they will find stunning views of the Earth. The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, meaning those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. On return to Earth, guests will be treated to a hero’s welcome home.
What are the future plans?
The company, in future, also plans to sell condos in space. “Like any thriving community, we designed Aurora Station to grow and respond to market needs. When we reach capacity, we simply launch another of the same space station and attach it to Aurora’s radial hub,” Bunger added.
As Aurora Station continues to grow with market demand, we will also sell space condos – your own capacity aboard Aurora Station and future space stations to visit, sublease or one day live in as you wish.”
In recent times, space travel has become a lucrative market with multiple players like Virgin offering space journeys, some of them just one way to celestial bodies. However, in reality, the market is yet to take off as not a single commercial space flight has been made yet.
About Orion Span:
Orion Span is a space technology start-up company based in Houston, Texas and Silicon Valley, California. The company’s mission is to build and sustain human communities in space. With proprietary technology, Orion Span has developed Aurora Station, the first-ever luxury space hotel – designed for both space travelers and space agencies. Founded by entrepreneur Frank Bunger, Orion Span’s team is comprised of aerospace industry veterans with over 140 years of space experience.
For more information or to place a deposit, please visit www.OrionSpan.com. Follow Orion Span on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn at @OrionSpanInc, and on Twitter at @OrionSpan.