Orbiting Space Hotels
In 2022, you can take a 12 day vacation in space. Houston, TX based Orion Span is developing the world's first luxury space hotel It's called the Aurora Station. And the first 4 months of orbit aboard Aurora are sold out. $80,000 per passenger deposits came from North America, Europe and the Middle East. Actual 12 day vacation packages start at $9.5 million. Orion plans to launch the space module in 2021 and put the first guests into orbit in 2022.
Close Quarters - Not Much Space
Aurora accommodates 4 passengers and a 2 member crew of astronauts. The station is 43.5 feet long and 14 feet wide. The International Space Station is 8 times that size. It orbits at an altitude of 200 miles above the earth every 90 minutes. So passengers would see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets per day. Passengers must complete a 3 month astronaut training program at Orion in order to get on board.
It would be an experience of a lifetime. 12 days of zero gravity and flying freely around the space station. The space hotel has many windows from which passengers would enjoy the northern and southern auroras. They'll participate in research experiments like growing food in space. And they can live stream their vacation back home via high speed, wireless internet access.
Space Condos - The Sky's the Limit
Orion Span is operated by seasoned space professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs. Besides operating as a luxury hotel, it can be chartered to space agencies. According to operators, it will also serve as a center for zero gravity research and space manufacturing.
The station is modular and easily expanded. Operators expect to sell dedicated housing units as the world's first space condos.
There are many competitors in this crowded space race including Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk's SpaceX. Virgin Galactic podcast https://innovation-gamechangers.com/2018/04/06/new-innovation-virgin-galactic-flight-to-space-vacations
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