First ever luxury space hotel Aurora Station opens bookings

It’s finally happening! Very soon, people can at the world’s first ever luxury hotel in space on the Aurora Station.

Launched by Orion Span, the Aurora Station hopes to offer a fully immersive 12-day astronaut experience to guests starting in 2022.

Developed by a special team of space industry veterans, the Aurora Station will be the first fully modular space station. It can host six people at a time, including two crew members. Guests will experience zero gravity and can take part in research experiments. One of them is about methods of growing food in space (the results can be taken home as souvenirs).

Passengers will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours

Aurora station will also have a virtual reality holodeck and high-speed Wi-Fi. The many windows will also give passengers breathtaking views of the northern and southern aurora for which the station was named. The space station will fly 200 miles above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit or LEO. It will orbit the planet every 90 minutes. This means that those onboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

An Experience That Is Literally Out of This World

At last week’s Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California, Orion Span announced that they were ready to accept deposits for pre-bookings. At about $80,000 per person, the hefty deposit is fully refundable, should plans get put on hold.

The windows will also give breathtaking views of the northern and southern aurora

Those who plan to travel to Aurora Station will have to undergo a three-month training programme to prepare for the experience. The Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC) program will take place in Houston, Texas. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Orion Span, Frank Bunger, said that “Orion Span has additionally 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”.

Prices will start from $9.5 million per person. More information is available at the official Orion Span website.

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