World’s first luxury ‘space hotel’ is reportedly opening in 2027
Talk about a space vacation
In case you’ve been getting really sick of life here on Earth (and have a net worth of at least $50 million) California-based infrastructure company Orbital Assembly Corp. (OAC) is planning to launch the very first ‘space hotel’ in 2027.
With the vision to “create a space construction company for the design, manufacture and assembly of large structures in space,” the Voyager Space Station hotel is set to accommodate a total of 400 people featuring lavish hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, and even a low-gravity gym so you can literally flex in space.
The ambitious project has since reached its target fundraising goal of $1million, with construction set to begin in 2025.
Our planned orbit and elevation for Voyager Station is 97 deg and 500-550 km. This is a sun-synchronous polar orbit that will reduce thermal stress and allow for almost continuous solar power generation. There, orbit degradation and space debris risk will be nominal. pic.twitter.com/DAIpr6Zp94— Orbital Assembly Corporation (@OrbitalOps) February 11, 2021
To keep the spacecraft actually running, Voyager Space Station will reportedly use artificial gravity to "allow for a permanent in-space workforce to build and maintain large space structures in a healthy environment."
The station will measure 200 meters in diameter and 125,000 square feet spread across ‘24 habitation modules’.
For its overall make, the space station will be comprised of two rings, with the inner ring serving as a docking hub, while the outer ring as the “the backbone of the station” complete with “mounting for habitable modules, solar panels, radiators, and a rail transport system”.
Some specs about Voyager Station:— Orbital Assembly Corporation (@OrbitalOps) February 22, 2021
11,600 m2 (125,000 sf) of habitable space in modules and access tubes
200m in overall diameter (ISS is 73m long and 109m wide)
Estimated mass of 2,418 metric tons (ISS: 419 tons)
Estimation volume of 51,104 m3 (ISS pressurized volume: 915 m3) pic.twitter.com/iuToy39GW7
Adding on top of its grandiose promises, OAC furthers that “we expect that NASA and other partners will want to be part of this historic project, as we believe it represents a concrete shift away from microgravity on orbit."
Photos from Orbital Assembly Corporation’s Twitter account