There was never any doubt that it would happen sooner or later. A holiday aboard a Space Station! Aurora Station will be the very first luxury hotel in space. Orion Span Inc. based in Houston, USA plans to launch the modular space station in 2021, with guests arriving the next year. There will be two crew members accompanying each excursion into space, and the platform will be in orbit 200 miles above the Earth. The station accommodates six guests comfortably, the trip will last twelve days, and the space station will race around planet Earth at spectacular speeds, taking in 384 sunsets and sunrises!
The final frontier awaits those brave enough to experience the holiday of a lifetime in an orbiting hotel. The twelve-day trip will cost $9.5 million per person, working out at about US$792,000 per night. The Aurora Station will measure 10.7 by 4.3 metres, which is about the size of the interior of a Gulfstream G550 jet. The station can accommodate four guests and two crew members. For anyone considering the trip, a refundable deposit of $80,000 is required to book a seat on the first trip.
The chief architect at Orion Span along with the operating and chief technical officers are all former Nasa employees, with a wealth of experience in the field. The company also plans to partner with a government space agency, to add a measure of security and safety. Orion Span is able to target a somewhat reasonable price of under $10 million per person is partly due to lower launch prices.
These are exciting times! The ultimate holiday is already on offer since deposits are being accepted. It is no longer in the realms of science fiction but grounded in science, technology and luxury of today. If you have $9.5 million to spare on the holiday of a lifetime, the Aurora Space Station offers precisely that!