Luxury Space Hotel to Open in 2022

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A startup company called Orion Span has set itself an incredibly ambitious goal - to open a fully functioning luxury space hotel by 2022. Not only that, but the company plans to make stays there "affordable", at least compared to current space travel prices.

A 12-day booking on the futuristically-named Aurora Station will set you back around $9.5 million which, while still eye-wateringly unachievable for most of us, it's still a lot cheaper than the estimated $20 - $40 million private customers pay to visit the International Space Station.

"We are launching the first-ever affordable luxury space hotel," said Orion Span founder and CEO Frank Bunger while speaking at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. "There's been innovation around the architecture to make it more modular and more simple to use and have more automation, so we don't have to have EVAs or spacewalks."

Key engineers working on the Aurora Station helped to design an operate the ISS, proving that Orion Span certainly aren't messing around. When complete it will be roughly the size of a large private plane (although there are plans to make it bigger over time) and will orbit Earth 250 miles above our heads. Bookings (for which you can already make an $80,000 deposit) will accommodate up to four guests with two crew members, although it's currently unknown how they will be transported to and from the hotel.

If all goes well, Orion Span even has plans to build permanent accommodation in space. "Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules," he said. "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]."

That all sounds a bit too Elysium for our liking, but seeing as 1% of the population will soon own two-thirds of the wealth, maybe that's where we're headed.

Image courtesy of Orion Span

Source: Orion Span
Tags: space, hotels, travel