Space hotel - Voyager Station
This Bonkers Space hotel aims to open in 2026 and will take reservations now
The orbital ferris wheel-shaped structure is being built to provide a luxury experience in space.
A new hotel wants to make our next vacation out of this world.
Orbital Assembly Corporation has announced plans to begin construction on what may turn out to be the first space hotel in 2026, reports the The Washington Post.
Traveling Station, as the hotel is called, will not be just a place to stay. It will also include restaurants, a cinema room and a spa.
Based on the first renderings, theHotel will almost look like a Ferris wheel floating in orbit, with an outer ring connected to the structure's central hub by elevators. Although the number of rooms has not yet been confirmed, the newspaper reports that the hotel will accommodate up to 280 people, all of whom will require space training, and 112 crew members. The company intends to build the hotel with all the amenities one would expect from a luxury property. Luxury, including suites, restaurants high gastronomy, entertainment options, gravity gym, spa and shopping. We can even make an outing (accompanied) in space. It is basically a luxury resort that revolves around the earth.
Room rates haven't been finalized yet, but space travel isn't cheap yet. A three and a half day trip to the hotel is expected to cost $ 5 million per person. Of course, as the Washington Post points out, it's still a lot cheaper than the $ 55 million it costs an ordinary citizen to get to the international space station.
The start of space construction has branded the Voyager station as the first space hotel, but it remains to be seen if that turns out to be the case. There are currently no hotels in the space at the moment, and Orbital Assembly faces competition fromAxiom space. In January, Axiom announced plans to begin construction of a $ 2 billion AxStation in 2026 as well, although the structure is not expected to be completed until 2028 at the earliest.
Whether or not the Voyager Station is the first space hotel, you can book a room now. While actual dates are not yet available - and likely will be for some time to come.
To book now on the Voyager Station website.
In five years, it will orbit 400 kilometers above our heads. The first elements will leave Earth in six months, transported by Elon Musk's rockets, to be then assembled in space. And you can already book your comfortable room in one of the 24 modules of the Voyager station.
The Voyager station has everything of the elegant vessel imagined by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, in addition to being more cozy. Building on the technological achievements of the International Space Station (ISS), John Blincow, President of the Gateway Foundation, aims, within five years, to open the first manned space station to visitors. From 2021, the components - mostly manufactured in California - will be sent into orbit for assembly.
The Voyager station looks like a gigantic bicycle wheel. Guyed to a non-pressurized central core which will house the mooring port, 24 fitted out modules (500 square meters each) will form a gigantic ring 488 meters in diameter, known as the “housing ring”. The rotating ship is designed to produce different levels of artificial gravity, by increasing or decreasing the rotation. Protected by the Earth's magnetic field, equipped with the same shielding technology as the ISS, the station will always present the same face to the Sun, thus powering the numerous solar panels that cover it.
On board, the feeling of weightlessness will be very weak: thanks to the station's adjustable rotation system, tourists will experience the comfort of lunar gravity. They will not fly from bed to armchair, will have their meals seated, and champagne will not escape from the cups. “We will feel one sixth of Earth's gravity, except in the central core where it will be zero,” explains John Blincow. The sense of orientation will not be altered, as is the case with astronauts on the ISS. "The visitor should not be disoriented", specifies the architect Tim Alatorre, who promises to reserve to the guests of Voyager a reception of high standard: apartments and pleasant rooms, bathrooms, restaurants and bars, auditorium and gymnasium. The station would be like a large cruise ship if it didn't have pressurized bubbles or high-tech research facilities for scientists. “Going to space will only be an option that people will choose for their vacation, instead of going on a cruise or going to Disney World,” says Tim Alatorre.
As we have seen, the trip to admire the Clear Earth is still at a high price, from 3 to 5 million dollars for a stay of three days, but, in the long term, it should become accessible to the greatest number. As ambitious dreamers, the designers of Voyager imagine for 2030 a group of stations, The Gateway, which will be able to accommodate up to 3 people. Tim Alatorre envisions “real cities in space, which will be stopovers for those coming or going to the Moon or to Mars”. The Voyager station could be the first towards the establishment of space colonization and therefore the first beginnings of a space civilization.