First lux­ury ho­tel in space planned for 2021

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - Ed­ward Hel­more

A Hous­ton-based com­pany said it plans to open the “first lux­ury ho­tel in space” by late 2021.

Orion Span’s com­pact Aurora Sta­tion – at 11x4 me­tres its in­te­rior will be com­pa­ra­ble to that of a Gulf­stream jet, the com­pany said – is pro­jected to ac­com­mo­date four trav­ellers and two crew mem­bers for 12-day stays 320km above Earth. Guests will be charged $9.5m each: about $791,666 a night. Re­fund­able de­posits of $80,000 can now be made on­line.

Orion Span said it would take “what what was his­tor­i­cally a 24-month train­ing reg­i­men re to pre­pare trav­ellers to t visit a space sta­tion an and the stream­line cost”. it to three months, at a frac­tion of

The com­pany said trav­ellers would then “en­joy the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of zero grav­ity … gaze at the north­ern and south­ern aurora through the many win­dows, soar over their home­towns, take part in re­search ex­per­i­ments such as grow­ing food while in or­bit, revel in a vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence on the holodeck, and stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones back home via high-speed wire­less in­ter­net ac­cess.”

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