Aurora Station, The Luxury Space Hotel Slated to Open by 2022
For many years space tourism has been promoted as “coming soon”, till now the actual opportunity to go into space was a very rare private trip to ISS (International Space a Station) for a whopping price of US $20 million.
A private US-based space technology startup, Orion Span announced the first luxury space hotel, Aurora Station and promised ambitious 2022 opening date at the space 2.0 summit in California.
This space hotel will host 6 people at a time which includes 2 crew members and 4 tourists (staying in 2-person suites) for a 12 day trip of space travel. Before the space adventure commences, the tourist’s will have a 3-month training program to get them astronaut-ready. Historically it takes 24-months training to prepare travelers to visit a space station. This is obviously not a budget holiday as it costs US$9.5 million per person to visit the space hotel. Refundable deposits of $80,000 can now be made online.
The super-rich travelers will fly at a height of 200 miles (322 km) as the Aurora Station module is planned to get launched into a low-Earth orbit. This orbital altitude is a bit lower the than the current ISS (International Space a Station) position which is 254 miles ( 408km) above the earth. Aurora Station is not the first operation to offer rides into space. In 2001, Denis Tito took the first ever space tourism flight, visited ISS for US $20 million.
Elon Musk ( SpaceX founder) said that his company planned to send two private tourists on a trip around the moon. Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Richard Branson (Virgin) aim to give short rides, about 60miles up to the tourists. Branson signed up few celebrities to take the $2,50,000 ride which includes Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry.
Orion Span CEO and founder, Frank Bunger said, “We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilization”, “Our goal is to make space accessible to all, upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before.” and further added “Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth.”