First luxury space hotel to accept guests by 2022

A 12-day stay in the Aurora Station orbital hotel will cost just $9.5 million

Space tourism is slowly becoming more and more available as technological startup Orion Span has announced the launch of their new luxury space hotel project.

The Aurora Station is designed to accomodate six people and should start accepting guests in 2022 — Orion Span space hotel
The Aurora Station is designed to accommodate six people and should start accepting guests in 2022 — Orion Span

The Aurora Station, a fully modular space station designed to host six people at a time, including crew members, should orbit the Earth by 2021 and accept its first guests in 2022.

“Our goal is to make space accessible to all,” Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span, said in a statement. “Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travellers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before.”

During their 12-day adventure, the rather rich passengers will fly at a height of 200 miles above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit, where the International Space Station, a unite designed for space research by astronauts from a dozen of countries, also operates.

The travellers will experience no-gravity states and, because the station circles the planet every 90 minutes, they will witness 16 sunrises and sunsets per day, as well as incredible views of the blue planet.

However, the 12-day trip into space will still be only for a lucky few – one stay will cost $9.5 million. For the price, Bunger promises to deliver an authentic astronaut experience.  

He says Orion Span has “taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travellers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost.”

Travellers will be required to pass the three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC) program before take-off.

The customers will be trained by a team of space industry veterans with over 140 years of human space experience between them.

All applicants interested can pay an $80k deposit that is fully refundable in case they don’t manage to collect the $9.5 million after all.