Nothing comes cheap these days, and space travel is no exception.
Texas-based startup Orion Span says it will offer civilians the opportunity to take a 12-day space trip and stay in their Aurora Station space hotel for a cool US$9.5 million (A$11.6m).
The company predicts they’ll start offering this in 2021 for a 2022 launch date, so you have three to four years to save.
The Aurora Station module will “soar 200 miles above the Earth’s surface” and require all guests to complete three months of space training in advance.
Orion Span’s space training program involves learning about basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics and pressurised environments in Space.
The startup says that while some of the training takes place in Houston, Texas, a significant portion can be done online. Looks like you won’t have to take too much time off work in order to prep for that bucket-list trip.
Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive Orion Span Astronaut Certification. The startup hopes this training will be recognised by other space entities.
Now, onto the nitty gritty of it all.
The “hotel” is basically a small capsule which can fit just four travellers and two crew members at any time.
If you prefer privacy with a loved one, you can even reserve a private suite that fits two people.
According to the Orion Span’s press release, travellers will be flown over their hometowns (don’t forget to wave!), participate in research projects (including the growing of veggies that can be taken home!), orbit the Earth every 90 minutes and see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
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Those that get homesick will have access to high-speed WiFi, too.
Currently, Orion Span is accepting US$80,000 (A$103k) waitlist deposits, with all deposits being completely refundable if you decide you’d rather spend your millions on something more Earthly.
No word yet if there’s an evening turndown service, but with Orion Span stating this is a “luxury” space hotel, I’m going to assume all the bells and whistles are included (meaning freeze-dried full English breakfasts).
Get in quick, though. The Aurora Station sold out its first four months of reservations in just 72 hours.