Plans For Luxury Space Hotel Unveiled

Aurora Station

Aurora Station, the first-ever luxury space hotel, will look to make space tourism relatively cheaper.

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.

"Space travelers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey", the company promises.

In case the Shangri-La Hotel wasn't exclusive enough for you, the aerospace company Orion Span is planning on a new exotic hotel in low Earth orbit: the Aurora Station, the "first-ever affordable luxury space hotel", which can accommodate four guests for twelve days each. On return to Earth, guests will be treated to a hero's welcome home.

The final certification is completed during a traveler's stay on Aurora Station.

Deposits are already being accepted for future stays on the space hotel. 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.

Orion Span's technology enables us to bring down the cost of visiting and living in space by orders of magnitude. The $80,000 is fully refundable, should applicants find themselves unable to rise to the full $9.5 million.

Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space.

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A company has plans of launching a luxury hotel in space. Folks who fly up will undergo a three-month training program, the last portion of which will occur aboard the space hotel itself, Bunger said.

It says it will begin to take tourists to the ISS in 2019 and later to its own station.

Virgin Galactic, founded by Richard Branson with the aim of taking passengers briefly into sub-orbital space, will charge for $250,000 for its trips.

There is, as you'd imagine, a slight catch when it comes to the price tag. Branson originally said flights would begin in 2009, but an official date has yet to be set for its maiden voyage.

Fittingly, several of the engineers of the new Aurora Station worked on the design of the ISS.

Frank Bunger, the company's founder and CEO, explained that the space hotel would be simpler and more modular while at the same time more automated so spacewalks or extravehicular activities will no longer be necessary.

Orion Span's next mission?

He added: "We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing". To launch the world's first condominiums in space.

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