It's that everything about space travel is complicated, and there doesn't seem to be much of a plan here (at least, from what the company has disclosed publicly).
What's being billed as the world's first luxury space hotel, Aurora Station, was announced Thursday at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California.
"Space travelers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey", the company promises.
USA company Orion Span has announced plans to open a luxury space hotel in 2021, giving guests a feel for zero gravity and, you'd imagine, some pretty spectacular views.
If everything goes well, the Aurora will grow larger as time goes on: more modules can be added on later to expand its offerings, which are now planned to include station-grown food and (we're not joking) a freaking holodeck.
"Our goal is to make space accessible to all", Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span, said in a statement. Still, $9.5 million is $9.5 million, so it does not look like a space vacation will be popular among regular families just yet.
The Aurora Station certainly is a departure from previous space hotel plans-for the past several years, the primary destination for space tourists was the International Space Station, which is not exactly designed for comfort. Private Outpost will be in orbit at an altitude of 320 kilometers, or slightly lower than the ISS.
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"Lastly, when the guests return home to Earth, we're going to treat them to a hero's welcome". "This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way". 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.
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.
Whatever the price tag, the tourist demographic with spare cash for space jaunts is presumably quite small.
Fittingly, several of the engineers of the new Aurora Station worked on the design of the ISS. Over time, the hotel will set up additional modules to meet what the growing demand the company anticipates.
It plans to offer fully chartered trips to space agencies and support zero gravity research and space manufacturing. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span's state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas.
Pack your bags, the world's first luxury hotel in space is in the works.