While enjoying the thrills of zero gravity, the travelers will be able to float freely through the hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern aurora from the station's windows.
Aurora Station will be tested and lofted in 2021, open to space tourists by 2022.
Adventurers pay $9.5 million per person - or about $791,666 a night - and their $80,000 deposit can already be reserved online, company officials said. Yes, the word "affordable" could be quite a significant term here but Orion Span clarified that the amount is far less to what others have paid earlier to go to space.
"There's been innovation around the architecture to make it more modular and more simple to use and have more automation, so we don't have to have EVAs [extravehicular activities] or spacewalks", Bunger said of Aurora Station.
Orion Span's technology enables us to bring down the cost of visiting and living in space by orders of magnitude. The Aurora Station will mainly cater to those who are passionate about space and astronomical study. The guests will also have emergency training at the company's headquarters in Houston.
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Aurora Station will be about the size of a large private jet's cabin.
Aurora Station will be 43.5 feet by 14.1 feet with a 5,650 cubic feet pressurised volume, according to representatives from Orion Space. For comparison, the ISS is 357 feet (109 m) long and has an internal pressurized volume of 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic m). The platform would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds.
During the Space 2.0 Summit which was held in San Jose, California, on April 5, Orion Span, the startup company shed light on its aspiring plans. As demand grows, Orion Span will launch additional modules to link up with the original core outpost, Bunger said.
Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules. They also want to expand by building Orbital Space Condos for public giving them a chance to "Own a piece of Space" and start your business in the outer world! The launch of Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in February, for example, was the latest in a series of milestones that have renewed companies' interest in space.
Orion Span isn't alone in seeking to carve out this path.
Several leaders of the company have serious backgrounds in space, including Marv L. LeBlanc, COO, a former executive with the ARES Corporation, and CTO David Jarvis, who spent 13 years at Johnson Space Center in Houston, providing operations support to the Japanese Space Agency, a partner in the International Space Station.