Take a vacation 402 meters above earth and experience what it’s like to be an astronaut.
Got US$9.5 million to spare? You could be among the lucky few to take an out-of-this-world vacation at the world’s first luxury space hotel, which will be launched into the Earth’s orbit by 2021.
Created by Houston-based space tech firm Orion Span, the completed “Aurora Station” will be about the size of a large private jet’s cabin at 13 meters by 4 meters.
Soaring about 402 meters above Earth, the hotel looks set to be fully modular and can host up to six people at any one time, including four guests and two crew members (likely former astronauts, according to the company).
Guests will be able to roam freely in zero gravity, enjoy about 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours, and experience a virtual reality program called “holodeck”.
Other perks include the opportunity to participate in research experiments, including growing edible plants, and live streaming with their loved ones back home.
This whole experience comes at a hefty price of US$9.5 million for a 12-day stay, with an up-front deposit of US$80,000.
Space traveler wannabes can expect to undergo a three-month training regime, which consists of online and in-person training at the Houston company, as well as final certification at the “Aurora Station”.
Upon returning to Earth, guests “will be treated to a hero’s welcome home,” says the company.
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