For all those who take travelling very seriously, and think that the earth is not enough for their wanderlust, or for those who want to live the life of Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, soon they may be able to travel to space.
Orion Span, a Houston-based space tech startup, has announced plans to launch the first-ever luxury space hotel into Earth’s orbit by 2021. The company says the so-called Aurora Station will be ready to accommodate visitors the following year.
Though this may burn a deep hole in your pocket or turn your ban balance into a black hole. The price of a ticket for a 12-day stay will be $9.5 million (approx. 42 crores) per person, which comes to $791,666 (INR 5,16,68,952) per night.
In the past, private citizens have been sent to the International Space Station on $20-to-40-million round-trip tickets. But Orion Span thinks that their tickets are cheaper because the launch costs will decline with advancing technology.
The hotel, which is slated for launch into low Earth orbit (LEO) at around 200 miles from the Earth’s surface, will be about the size of the cabin of a large private jet. The Aurora Station will be fully modular and host six people at a time with private, two-person suites. Four of those people will be guests and two will be crewmembers who are most likely former astronauts.
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If you book a ticket, you will be able to roam freely in zero gravity, while the hotel orbits the earth every 90 minutes. If you love sunsets, you may be in for a treat, as travellers will be able to see 19 sunsets and sunrises in 24 hours. And on return you could carry the souvenir of a space grown edible plant.
Basically, it will not be like a trip to the beach. But it will offer an experience of what it means to be an astronaut. And this will require a three months’ orientation before the launch.
So, if you really want to live a fantasy and travel to space, it is possible now, but you will have to start saving a lot. After all, if they are planning to sell space, it will cost a lot.
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