Luxury Space hotel could be operational by 2027: A California-based company is planning to build a space station hotel in orbit – and they plan to open the airlocks to visitors by 2027.
The Gateway Foundation’s project website details plans for a space hub. The hub will be the first ever in-orbit space station that can be used as a destination hotel for extreme travelers.
Called the Von Braun Station, the hotel is just one part of a much larger space tourism development project. The investors include Elon Musk, Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin aerospace business.
The Von Braun will not be short on luxury elements, despite being in orbit. And room nights on the cruise liner styled hotel, plan to be fit for a list celebrity guests.
Another space-located hotel, names the Aurora station, is already underway, and will be the test launch for in-orbit hospitality when ii opens for business in 2022. However, it’s a relatively small project compared to the ambitious Von Braun. The Aurora will only sleep 12 guests, where as the Von Braun aims to accommodate 450 guests at full capacity.
Each trip to the Von Braun, according to Virgin Galactica, will cost £250,00 per person – so only those with deep pockets need consider booking a place.
The Von Braun station will provide guests with a simulated gravity, that experts say is created though a ring-style structure of 24 pods that rotate constantly and orbit planet earth. According to scientists working on the Von Braun, the centre of the station won’t have gravity – but the outside of the hotel where the facilities are situated, will. We’re not sure about the science, but the size of the station and the mechanics, seems ominously ambitious.
Despite the impossibility of it all, experts behind the Van Braun insist that it’s more than possible, and very doable, to have a luxury hotel located in space. They say the technology for space stations was first developed in the 1950s and the basic physics for anti-gravity living, has been worked on since then. In 70 years, technology and most importantly, materials used to build such structures, have developed massively. Therefore, creating a workable hotel space in orbit, isn’t such a crazy idea.
Space hotel décor
Renderings of the new Von Braun space hotel have now been released. Designers have worked on a style that takes inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, 2001 Space Odyssey. Since that story didn’t end well, they’ve also reassured guests that the style has been deviated from, to create a space-age and contemporary, but also very human and cosy environment.
Lead designer, Alatorre, says comfort will be in abundance, with thick carpets, restaurants and bars, comfortable furniture and muted, monochrome décor. He added that making the most of the star-gazing views with panoramic viewing areas, was an essential part of the aesthetic.
Guests will also be able to enjoy anti-gravity when the mood takes them, and there are plans for a giant basketball court, along with plenty of games and recreational activities that could not be enjoyed or explored on earth.
Watch this space for more details.