New luxury SPACE hotel set to open in 2021


Your 12-day stay is a mere $9.25M and you will have a luxurious 35-by-14 foot module all to yourself. Aurora Station will look to make vacations in space relatively more affordable, and will appear to beat Russia's plans to build a luxury hotel on the International Space Station.

If plans go well, officials expect to begin accommodating guests on the Aurora Station by 2022.

Aurora Station will serve four paid guests and two crew members. But Bunger says that it's an extremely streamlined and discounted process compared to the typical 24-month training regimen used to prepare would-be space travelers.

Though the $9.5 million seems hefty, it is much less than previously reported figures that ranged from $20 to $40 million per head. Refundable deposits of $80,000 are already being accepted.

Orion Span founder and CEO Frank Bunger told GeekWire that the venture is now self-funded, with added support from two angel investors whom he declined to name.

"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 [extravehicular activities] or spacewalks", Bunger said of Aurora Station.

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Space's first hotel could be up and running by 2021, under new plans.

Also on the agenda is the chance to take part in research experiments such as growing food in orbit and try out state-of-the-art virtual reality technology on the holodeck, while high-speed internet will let people put together some truly incredible Snapchat stories. It would orbit 320 kilometers above the earth and tourists will able to witness an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets a day. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span's state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. The company's mission is to build and sustain human communities in space. Several other companies, including Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, also aim to launch commercial space stations to Earth orbit in the next few years to meet anticipated demand from space tourists, national governments, researchers and private industry.

Aurora Station will accommodate four paying guests and two crewmembers; these latter personnel will likely be former astronauts, Bunger said.

Bunger said Orion Span would offer full charters to space agencies looking for a low-priced route to human spaceflight, and could support zero-gravity research or in-space manufacturing.

The world's first luxury space hotel is on the horizon. Future Aurora owners can live in, visit, or sublease their space condo.