The Orion Span project has plans to launch a space station that will be used as a luxury hotel. Its Aurora space station is set to launch in early 2022 and a 12-night stay on the craft will set you back $9.5 million. The space hotel says it has sold out its first six months of reservations and the project is accepting cryptocurrencies that include bitcoin cash (BCH) for 12-night packages.
$9.5 Million for a 12-Night Stay in Space
Ever since NASA landed on the moon and other governments launched citizens into space, a number of companies in the private sector have sought to send people into orbit. A project called Orion Span plans to develop a space station and use the craft as a hotel so millionaires and billionaires can spend a few nights outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Orion Span hopes it can bring individuals to the Aurora Station by the year 2022 and is charging a whopping $9.5 million for a 12-night stay. Individuals can reserve their stay for a downpayment of $80,000 and the company is accepting digital assets such as ethereum (ETH), bitcoin cash (BCH), litecoin (LTC), and bitcoin core (BTC).
Since the project launched in April, Orion Span has garnered 26 reservations from travelers all around the world. Orion Span believes accepting cryptocurrencies is only natural for a forward-thinking project that aims to bring ordinary people into space. According to the project’s creators, the hotel will have 4-6 guests in total at a time and two crew members during the 12-night stay.
“Since opening our hotel reservations in April, we’ve been met with great excitement as space enthusiasts from around the world have moved quickly to secure their reservations,” said Frank Bunger, chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span.
Orion Span CEO Sees Market Demand for Passenger Space Flight
Bunger has explained that the team created the Aurora Station project in order to give passengers the experience of a lifetime. Guest will be able to have fun in a zero gravity environment, gaze at the northern and southern Aurora, and participate in space experiments according to Orion Span’s reservation details. The hotel will have virtual amenities such as a holodeck and live streaming wireless internet access.
“Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel,” Bunger added. “We will offer full charters to space agencies who are looking to achieve human spaceflight in orbit for a fraction of the cost — and only pay for what they use.
We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing — Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth.
More Private Companies Are Attempting to Send Passengers Into Space
Private companies hoping to send people into space is not unusual in this day and age. A great example of this is Elon Musk’s Space X project which recently launched the Falcon 9 successfully. The Space X passenger flight already has a billionaire signed up to fly around space with his closest friends when the craft is ready. Further, this past weekend Virgin Galactic made great technological strides with the firm’s Spaceship Two entering space for the first time. “Spaceship Two is now the first crewed vehicle built for commercial service to reach space. (With due credit of course to the amazing Spaceship One prototype for paving the way),” Sir Richard Branson exclaimed in his recent blog post. Virgin Galactic will be accepting BTC for passenger space travel as well.
Projects like Orion Span, Space X, and Virgin Galactic seem financially out of reach right now, but they are still a few years away from sending paying passengers into space. “Orion Span is looking towards a bright future of making space more accessible to all,” explains the project’s website.
What do you think about the Orion Span space station hotel idea? Do you think private companies will be successful flying paying passengers into space? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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