"We are launching the world's first affordable luxury hotel space", said founder and CEO of Orion Span Bunger Frank (Frank Bunger). Deposits are now being accepted for a future stay on Aurora Station, which is slated to launch in late 2021 and host its first guests in 2022.
While enjoying the thrills of zero gravity, the travelers will be able to float freely through the hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern aurora from the station's windows.
California-based firm Orion Span has announced that the first ever-ever luxury "space hotel" is set to be in orbit within four years, and will be able to welcome guests within five. "We're calling that a 'space condo.' So, either for living or subleasing, that's the future vision here - to create a long-term, sustainable human habitation in [low Earth orbit]".
"There's been innovation around the architecture to make it more modular and more simple to use and have more automation, so we don't have to have EVAs [extravehicular activities] or spacewalks", Bunger said of Aurora Station.
If we go back and see the period between 2001 and 2009, as many as seven private citizens took a total of eight trips to International Space Station (ISS) paying an estimated $20 million to $40 million (Rs 1,29,99,00,000 to Rs 2,59,98,00,000) each time.
The ISS, meanwhile, is 357 feet (109 m) long and has an internal pressurized volume of 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic m).
The space hotel will allow only six people, including two crew members to stay for 12 days.
But the station won't stay the same size forever, according to Bunger.
A hotel with all luxuries and private suites is going to be launched into space 320 kilometres above the surface of the earth by 2021.
Fittingly, several of the engineers of the new Aurora Station worked on the design of the ISS.
Orion Span isn't the only venture boldly pushing the frontiers of elite travel into space. It plans to welcome its first guests in 2022.
"Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules", he said.
It plans to offer fully chartered trips to space agencies and support zero gravity research and space manufacturing. Instead, it'll be in orbit about 200 miles above the Earth. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span's state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. 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.
Orion Span is not alone in its pursuit as Bigelow Aerospace, and Axiom Space has the same plans.