Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The future of travel could be waking up in an elegant hotel room overlooking the solar system. The US-based space company, “Orbital Assembly”, has revealed new information and concepts for its idea of creating a hotel in space, and the designs that revolve around it, since 2019.
This futuristic concept was presented for the first time by the California-based Gateway Foundation, called the Von Braun station, and it consists of several units connected by elevator shafts to form a wheel that revolves around the Earth.
The project is currently being undertaken by the Orbital Assembly Corporation, the aerospace construction company that has cut its ties with Gateway. And it seeks to launch two space stations for the accommodation of tourists: the “Voyager” station, which is the newly given name to the basic design, with a capacity to accommodate 400 people, and it is scheduled to open in 2027, while the new “Pioneer” station, which accommodates 28 people, is expected to be ready after three years. Just.
The Orbital Assembly explained that the goal is to manage a space “business complex” that includes offices and tourists alike.
And space tourism seemed closer to investigation than ever, during the past year. Billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, blasted off into suborbital space with his company, Virgin Galactic, while Star Trek actor Willem Shatner became the oldest spacefarer thanks to a short trip with Blue Origin.
But the prices associated with any space flight are still unbelievable, making it difficult for many to consider an annual vacation outside the planet.
Tim Alatori, chief operating officer of the Orbital Assembly, believes that this barrier will be removed as space tourism takes off.
Speaking to CNN, he said that “the goal has always been to enable large numbers of people to live, work and thrive in space.”
As if you are at home.. even from afar
Alatori explained that the attraction of the new Pioneer Station concept is that its smaller size makes it achievable in the fastest time.
“This gives us an opportunity to get people to start testing space on a larger scale, and faster,” he added.
There will also be the possibility of leasing office space and research facilities at both the Pioneer and Voyager stations.
Alatori considered this to be profitable in all respects for the Orbital Assembly, which depends much of its short-term goals on funding.
The orbiting company envisioned the two stations, like a wheel spinning around the Earth.
In a previous interview with CNN in 2019, Alatori explained that Voyager Station’s physics works similar to spinning a bucket of water.
“The station rotates, pushes its contents out to the outer edge, and it’s a lot like the way you turn a bucket of water, the liquid rushes to the edge, and stays in place,” he said at the time.
The closer you are to the center of the station there will be no artificial gravity, but the more you move downward and out of the station, the greater the feeling of gravity.
A short time ago, Alatori pointed out that physics has not changed. But he explained that because the Pioneer station is smaller, its level of gravity will be different. There will still be what he calls “amenities” caused by artificial gravity, such as showering and being able to sit down to eat and drink, but spaces with less gravity will allow for extra fun and space quirks.
The interiors of the two stations appear to be no different from that of a luxury hotel on the ground, with just a few extra out-of-this-world views.
Alatori, who has a background in architecture, previously noted that the hotel’s aesthetic was a direct response to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which he described as “almost a blueprint for what’s meant to be avoided.”
He explained that he believed “Stanley Kubrick’s goal was to highlight the gap between technology and humanity, so, on purpose, to make stations and ships very sterile, clean, and exotic.”
The von Braun station was the primary name given to the space hotel, because its concept was inspired by the designs of Wernherr von Braun, a flight engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States, 60 years ago.
It is not restricted to the rich
The International Space Station has previously hosted tourists, including the world’s first space tourist, Denis Tito, in 2001. But Alatori noted that the ISS is primarily a place for work and research, and the Orbital Assembly’s space hotel caters to a different class.
He explained that “it will not be as if you are heading to a factory or a research facility”, but rather the tourist will feel that he is living a “sci-fi dream”.
“There are no wires everywhere, it’s a comfortable space where you feel right at home,” he added.
As billions of money are poured into space, there is also a growing backlash against space tourism, that the money could be better spent on Earth.
In response to this criticism, Alatori said that “a lot of life-changing technologies” stem from space exploration, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Alatori also hypothesized that living in space would involve creating “sustainable communities.”
Despite the fact that the cost of tickets to travel to space is currently very high, Alatori stressed that space tourism will not be limited to the super-rich.
“We are doing our best to make space travel accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy,” he said.
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