Orion Span, Houston-based space tech startup, has announced plans to launch the first-ever luxury space hotel into Earth’s orbit by 2021. The company says the Aurora Station will be ready to accommodate visitors the following year.
The price of a ticket for a 12-day stay will be $9.5 million per person, which comes to $791,666 per night.The luxury space hotel 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. It’s the perfect option for space enthusiasts willing and able to spend $250,000 on a ticket to the stars.
Orion Span has yet to contract with a launch provider to put future visitors and the station into orbit. In the past, private citizens have been sent to the International Space Station on $20 to 40 million round-trip tickets, but according to Frank Bunger, the company’s founder and CEO, Orion Span’s trips are less expensive because of declining launch prices. Right now, prospective flyers can put down an $80,000 refundable deposit for future stays.
Like other luxury hotels looking for multiple revenue streams, the company has bigger plans for Aurora Station other than just being the planet’s first space hotel, though. They want to offer charters to space agencies, hope to support zero-gravity research, and serve as a base for space manufacturing.