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A truly out-of-this-world holiday experience is set to be available as early as 2025, with US-based company Orbital Assembly planning to launch the first-ever space hotel. Pioneer Station — which will accommodate up to 20 intrepid travelers — will be a 39-foot-wide, 3,500- to 14,100-cubic-foot complex comprised of a ring of five modules that will be assembled in orbit by robot builders. With Pioneer as a proof of concept, the company also plans to build a larger orbital facility, Voyager Station, which will accommodate at least 400 people. Voyager will be about 322 feet in diameter, with 24 modules linked together in a spinning ring capable of inducing about one-sixth of Earth’s gravity – the equivalent of that felt on the surface of the Moon. The solar panels on the side facing the sun will provide continuous power. The company is looking to ferry Voyager to low Earth orbit section by section on SpaceX’s Starship rocket, which will also be used to ferry visitors to the futuristic hotel.
While land-based tourists might balk at the thought of not being able to leave their hotel, Orbital Assembly chief operating officer Tim Alatorre told Express.co.uk that Pioneer and Voyager will have plenty to occupy the first generation of space vacationers.
He said: “The hotel parts of both resorts will include areas for sleeping, eating and for activities such as sports.
“They will have windows for Earth observation and we are also working on programs for tourists to engage in certain science activities where they can experience these new artificial gravity and microgravity/zero gravity environments.
“Program details are still in development, but we anticipate there will be plenty for people to do once they’re in space.”
Orbital Assembly has big plans for its space hotels – and wants to make a stay in orbit accessible
Pioneer Station (seen here in an early concept image) will seat up to 20 people
The Pioneer station will have five modules – one of which is shown here cutaway
At first, Alatorre admits, the cost of transporting humans to orbit will likely mean that the only people checking into either space hotel will be the super rich.
Right now, he said, “There aren’t a lot of options to get people into space, and that’s kind of the biggest barrier to entry.
“What this means is that the first to go into space will be wealthy people with a sense of exploration and adventure.”
“Our predictions show that as more people get into space and more capabilities come online, the price to get people into space will come down significantly.
“So our hope is that eventually anyone who wants to go into space will have an opportunity – people who don’t have hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank, but who have average jobs and who might be able to save for a few years and treat yourself to a trip.
Eventually, he adds, “we could ensure that the cost of a stay in the station is less than €10,000. [£8,800] Mark.”
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Pictured: Artist’s impression of a living space on Pioneer Station
Voyager will be approximately 322 feet in diameter, with 24 modules linked together in a rotating ring
Orbital Assembly was among a number of companies and national space agencies – including NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – that presented this week at the Universal Space Tourism Summit and submarine in Spain.
Commercial participants included Axiom Space, which seeks to build cities in space; the Space Tourism Society, which focuses on space experiences such as real space light, movies, games, and virtual worlds; Green Moon Project, which focuses on space farming; and Zero 2 Infinity, which develops high-altitude balloons to facilitate access to space.
Carlos Díez de la Lastra, CEO of Les Roches Marbella, organizer of the event, said: “We are delighted to have succeeded in bringing together the best agencies and representatives of the most exciting projects in the world at this congress.
The event, he added, is “the most important in the world in the discussion on tourism in the two borders that we have above our heads and below our feet”.
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Pictured: Voyager’s restaurant concept art
Elsewhere in the space tourism industry, aerospace company Voyager Space announced last week that it has partnered with Hilton Hotels and Resorts to offer the crew suites and guest experience aboard Starlab, their planned commercial space station, which will operate in low Earth orbit.
Voyager Space and its operating company Nanoracks received $160 million in funding from NASA last year, with the aim of seeing Starlab replace the aging International Space Station, which is set to be decommissioned at the end of this decade.
Starlab is expected to have the capacity to continuously accommodate up to four astronauts and the first-ever science park – with a state-of-the-art laboratory system – in space.
Voyager Space CEO and President Dylan Taylor said, “Starlab will be more than just a destination, it will be an experience made infinitely more unique and insightful by bringing innovation, expertise and global reach. of the Hilton team.
“This partnership opens new doors to what is possible for comfort-focused space exploration and habitation.”
Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta said, “This historic collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly and enjoyable stay, whether on land or in the space.
“Hilton has been innovating to improve the customer experience and innovating new travel destinations for more than a century. We are thrilled to partner with Voyager to bring that experience to Starlab.
“For decades, discoveries in space have positively impacted life on Earth, and now Hilton will have the opportunity to use this unique environment to enhance the guest experience wherever people travel.
“This historic collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly and reliable stay, whether on earth or in space.”