A new space startup, called Orion Span, has plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station with hopes to host guests beginning in 2022.
Aurora Station is being built in Houston. A 12-day stay at Aurora Station will start at $9.5 million — considerably less than the $20-$40 million space tourists paid for trips to the International Space Station from 2001 to 2009.
Aurora Station will be tested and lofted in 2021, open to space tourists by 2022. The spacecraft will accommodate four guests and two crew members. It will orbit at an altitude of 200 miles above Earth.
Visitors to Aurora Station will participate in a 3-month training regimen to prepare themselves for the journey and stay in orbit. From online courses to in-person training in Houston, travelers will be prepared through Orion Span Astronaut Certification.
Aboard Aurora Station, travelers will fly freely through the space station in zero gravity. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in research experiments and even livestream via high-speed wireless internet.
In addition, visitors to Aurora Station will also be able to see both northern and southern auroral displays through the module’s various windows. Seeing home from orbit and viewing an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets during the trip add to the draw of visiting orbit.