If you’re planning an intergalactic vacation, and looking for a place to stay, you may want to check out Orion Span’s luxury space hotel, Aurora Station. Set to launch in 2021 and begin taking on guests the following year, you can snag a 12-day stay for a cool $9.5 million USD, Space reports.
The plans for Aurora Station were announced just yesterday at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. “We are launching the first-ever affordable luxury space hotel,” said Orion Span founder and CEO Frank Bunger.
“Affordable” being a loose term here, although past private citizens have paid anywhere from $20 million to $40 million USD for a trip to the International Space Station.
Orion Span, with employees who aided in the design and operation of the ISS, will build Aurora Station, manufacturing the hotel in Houston, Texas and developing its coinciding software in the Bay Area.
According to Space, Aurora Station will be roughly the size of a large private jet’s cabin, spanning 43.5 feet long by 14.1 feet wide. It will then orbit at an altitude of 200 miles above earth, in comparison to that of ISS’ 250 miles. The luxury space hotel will in turn host four guests and two crew members at a time.
“Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules,” Bunger concluded. “We’re calling that a space condo. So, either for living or subleasing, that’s the future vision here — to create a long-term, sustainable human habitation in LEO [low earth orbit].”
In related news, Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft has completed its first flight.