Jet off to the first ever luxury space hotel for a holiday that's out of this world
Launching in 2021, Aurora Station is offering rooms from £562,000 per night
For those of us who've often dreamed of taking a luxury holiday to a galaxy far, far away, Orion Span's latest luxury travel venture is sure to be an instant addition to your to do list. The first ever luxury hotel in space, Aurora Station offers guests a zero gravity trip for £562,000 per night.
Announced during the Space 2.0 Summit in California on 5 April, a 12-day adventure to the luxury hotel will cost £6.7m – including flights – and, as it orbits the earth every 90 minutes, guests will enjoy the unique opportunity to witness 16 sunrises and sunsets over the planet every 24 hours.
Following in the wake of SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, who’ve all made moves to make space tourism into the next travel trend, the Aurora Station is being developed by the Houston-based space technology start-up. The modular space station is currently still under construction, with plans to launch in late 2021 and welcome guests aboard the following year. Once complete, the luxury hotel will be equipped to host eight people at a time – six guests and two crew members – and boasting a number of private two-person suites.
Once aboard, guests will gain a revolutionary insight into the life of an astronaut, with the chance to participate in authentic experiments and futuristic virtual-reality experiences – there’s even the chance to video call loved ones left behind on Earth, thanks to the inclusion of high speed internet.
CEO and founder of Orion Span, Frank Bunger, said the hotel is being developed in a bid to make space accessible to all. “Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travellers into space quickly and at a lower price point than ever seen before. We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for our civilisation.”
“We’re not selling a hey-let’s-go-to-the-beach equivalent in space,” Bunger added. “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel.”
In order to ensure visitors are fit for space travel, its mandatory to complete a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC) training programme before they embark, with phase one completed online, and phase two carried out in-person at Orion Space’s ultra-modern training facility in Texas.