The idea of a space hotel is not new and Orbital Assembly has been talking about it since 2019, but there’s no denying that thanks to last year’s flights of the biggest private space tourism companies, namely Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin, as well as the all-civilian flight Inpiration4 organized by SpaceX , his vision is a move closer to implementation. Especially since there is no shortage of people interested in space travel, because it is worth mentioning that recently the private space mission returned from the ISS, which cost each of the interested parties about $55 million.
Interestingly, the latest information from Orbital Assembly shows that the company is actually planning to two projects of this type of space stations-hotels. The original idea, consisting of several interconnected modules, between which you can move by means of elevator shafts, forming a rotating wheel with a diameter of about 200 m (the company admits that 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick was used as a model), still exists in effect, but has been given a new name.
Voyager stationas we talk about it, it will be able to accommodate 400 people and will start receiving tourists in 2027. However, there is still a new project with an eloquent name, namely pioneer stationwhich will be much smaller and can only accommodate 28 people, but it will start operating in 2025 and that will pave the way for the big brother.
The Orbital Assembly sees this place also as a business parkThus, in addition to rooms for space tourists, it will also offer office space. And even if initially very high prices are to be expected for such an attraction, according to the COO of the company, Tim Alatorre, this will change quickly with the development of space tourism.
Interestingly though stations must rotate at an angular velocity high enough to generate artificial gravitynear the center of the facilities, it will not be, so that customers can experience state of weightlessness. In other places, incl. rooms, however, you will be able to use its “amenities” – tourists will be able to sleep in classic beds, take a shower, eat meals or have a drink while sitting. upscale rooms resembling the classic “earth”, but with a much more interesting view.
Tim Alatorre also revealed that The Orbital Assembly has spoken to virtually every private space tourism companyso potential collaborations are probably already planned. COO says that seems natural, because while companies like Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are already flying in space, they don’t have a specific target. And although it may be The International Space Station, which has already welcomed private userswhich was used by Elon Musk and his SpaceX, but the cosmic home is more of a research site and doesn’t offer typical tourist amenities – that’s the gap the Orbital Assembly intends to exploit.
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