Sometimes you just have to get away from it all. And sometimes, you really need to get away from it all. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just launch into space for some private time?
The only thing that could make it better would be if there was a luxurious, zero-G hotel room waiting for you. Good news is that hotel is taking reservations.
The Aurora Station, the “world’s first luxury space hotel,” orbiting 200 miles above the earth, is now taking reservations.
The announcement from Orion Span came during Space 2.0 Summit in California, where it also said that the station will open for reservation in 2021, and host its first guests in 2022. Six people, including two crew members, will be able to stay at the hotel at a time, according to a news release.
— Orion Span (@OrionSpan) April 5, 2018
While it sounds spectacular-bordering-on-insane, Orion Span isn’t the only company working on a space hotel. Just earlier this year, Bigelow Space Operations (of billionaire Robert Bigelow) announced plans for an inflatable space hotel to launch by 2021.
But, the luxury and experience that it will offer during the 12-day journey while soaring 200 miles above the earth’s surface are guaranteed to be out-of-the-world. Some of the things that you will get to do if you stay there as their guest are experiencing zero gravity, witnessing earth’s northern and southern aurora, take part in research experiments like growing food in orbit, and more. The hotel will orbit around the earth every 90 minutes, making sure that its guests enjoy a view of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
Of course, staying at a hotel hundreds of miles away from Earth’s surface comes at a price. Trips start at $9.5 million per person, and a deposit to reserve a spot is $80,000 dollars. The $80,000 deposit (which is refundable) gets you on the waitlist.
Frank Bunger, chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span, said that the price point is lower than most other people have paid to go to space.
He said in a statement,
“We developed Aurora Station to provide a turnkey destination in space. Bringing travelers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience.”
Those planning to embark on the intergalactic journey will also partake in a three-month certification program prior to launch. Part of the program is online, another is completed at the Orion Span training facility in Houston. The final stage of the certification is completed on the Aurora Station itself.
Frank Bunger also said in his statement,
“Orion Span has taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost.”
If you are keen to live the astronaut dream, you can reserve your spot in the world’s first space hotel here.