Aurora Station will be the first luxury space hotel in the known universe. If you’re physically fit, have three months to undergo accelerated astronaut training (and 9.5 million dollars worth of loose change) you can call space your home-away-from-home for twelve days.
And Elon Musk is going to send you there.
Blue Origin and a space agency are also being considered for a partnership with Aurora Station, but considering the technological leaps SpaceX has made in recent years, it’d be difficult to leave Musk out of the conversation (not that anyone ever does). Of course, as Musk intends to send two handsomely-paying space tourists around the moon next year, SpaceX is no doubt also placing resources towards other ways the adventurous mega-wealthy can take in all that galactic goodness—maybe even a hotel of their own.
As far as what you’ll do when you get to Aurora Station, the options seem rather limited. You will, however, have the opportunity to grow food in space and play in a hologram deck, both of which sound pretty cool. And of course, as one article so humorously poses, “who can put a price on hovering 200 miles above whatever geopolitical turmoil is brewing on the Earth’s surface in 2022?”
While Orion Span’s hotel will be the first, it certainly won’t be the only. In addition to Elon Musk becoming a potential player in the space-hotel space (no pun intended), Jeff Bezos stated in his high school valedictorian speech that he “wants to build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth.” Maybe it’s just us, but we think it’s not difficult to imagine space tourism becoming Amazon’s new frontier. Do you think they offer next day delivery in orbit?