At International Space Station, there are many astronauts living there, there life is mostly work and minimal luxury is there. But soon the reality will be different, Aurora Station, billed as the first luxury hotel in space. Houston based Orion Span Inc. is planning to launch the modular station in late 2021.
Orion, in the following year, is planning to orbit 200 miles above earth. Offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at very high speed. At present this seems a fiction, but now as we know private companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. The idea of having a hotel in orbit is possible now.
“We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilisation,” Frank Bunger, Orion Span’s founder and CEO. This offer will not be for everyone as launch and re-entry is not for fainted hearts.“We’re not selling a hey-let’s-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space,” Bunger added. “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience.”
This 12-day stay will cost $9.5 million per person, or $791,666 a night. The station named Aurora is planned as 35×14 foot module. This station would accommodate 4 guests and two crew members. The company would seek $80,000 deposit, fully refundable, and it started accepting the payments this week.
Orion Span has not disclosed how much of funding it requires, but it is assessing potential funding sources to get the endeavour off the ground. It shows how this has become a common venture, since launch costs are low now.
“The commercialisation of low Earth orbit is an exciting prospect, but it will be an exercise in determining what ideas are more real than others,” Phil Larson, former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The company has yet to contract with a launch provider, either for its initial flights to build the station or for customer flights.
Orion Span got former NASA employees as their chief architect and chief technical officers. “We’ve developed proprietary technology to drive a full order of magnitude of cost out of the design and manufacture of a space station,” company says. Brian said company can target price less than $10 million per person because of declining launch prices. “Everybody’s forecasting that they’re going to fall, almost every week there’s another rocket launch company that’s starting up with a new way to get to orbit cheaper and better.”Bigelow Aerospace LLC, founded by lodging billionaire Robert Bigelow, deployed its 8-foot, 3,000 pount inflatable activity module on the ISS in May 2016. NASA extended the two-year service period of the module to remain part of the space station until at least 2021, this is used a st orage.
Axiom Space LLC, a Houston-based company also run by NASA veterans, said they are planning to launch habitation modules to complement the ISS. Arizona based World View Enterprises Inc. is also developing a fleet of high altitude platforms, called Stratollites, carried by ballons to the edge of space. World View claimed that it had raised a $48.5 million.
We are still to see commercial spaceflights, the most speculated Aurora Station travellers would have three months of training, beginning with online courses to understand basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics, and pressurised environments in space.