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The First Luxury Space Hotel to Open in 2021

The first luxury hotel in space will be opened in 2021! Orion Span have designed the compact Aurora Station - at 35ft-by-14ft its interior will be comparable to that of a Gulfstream jet - which will be able to accommodate up to four travellers alongside two crew members for 12-day holidays, 200 miles above the earth’s surface!

Staying in this hotel doesn’t come cheap! Guests will have to pay $9.5m each for a 12-day stay or around $791,666 a night. Refundable deposits of $80,000 can now be made online.

Frank Burger is the founder of Orion Span, and he has commented on the new hotel saying: “We want to get people into space because it’s the final frontier for civilisation.”

Representatives of the company have said that guests will have to partake in an intensive three month training to ensure they understand basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics and life in pressurised environments in space, before they visit the hotel.

Travellers will be able gaze at the northern and southern aurora, take part in research experiments including growing their own food while in orbit (travellers can even take some of the produce with them), submerge themselves in a virtual reality experience on the holodeck, and most importantly, enjoy the thrill of zero gravity life! Upon returning to their home turf, travellers will be treated to a hero’s welcome. 

Companies are constantly discovering cheaper, faster and better ways to get into space, and these new discoveries have made this hotel project possible.  

Orion Span are not the first company to send people into space. Thanks to a Russian space programme - who have also revealed plans to open another space hotel in 2022 - a handful of travellers have already been to the International Space Station (ISS).

American businessman, Dennis Tito, paid £20 million to be the first “space tourism” flight to visit the ISS in 2001. Charles Simonyi, a former Microsoft executive, has visited the space station twice. In 2007, Charles talked about his space experience: “When you see the space station emerge out of the darkness of the sky, you are simply blown away, it was so dramatic. It was like a big stage set, a fantastic production of some incredible opera or modern play.”

Frank said that clients who choose to go to this hotel need to possess a passion for space and astronomical studies as he said, “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut rather than a space equivalent of a beach holiday.”