A Space Hotel in Images: Orion Span's Luxury Aurora Station

An Orbital Destination

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A new space startup, called Orion Span, has plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station with hopes to host guests beginning in 2022.

Affordable Space-cation

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Aurora Station is being built in Houston. A 12-day stay at Aurora Station will start at $9.5 million — considerably less than the $20-$40 million space tourists paid for trips to the International Space Station from 2001 to 2009.

Room for Friends

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Accommodations for four paying guests along with two crewmembers complete the initial plans for Aurora Station.

Compared to the ISS

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While the ISS is 357 feet long, Aurora Station will begin at just 43.5 feet long and 14.1 feet wide — roughly the size of a large private jet's cabin.

Getting Ready

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Visitors to Aurora Station will participate in a 3-month training regimen to prepare themselves for the journey and stay in orbit. From online courses to in-person training in Houston, travelers will be prepared through Orion Span Astronaut Certification.

In Space

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Orion Span expects Aurora Station to orbit Earth at an altitude of about 200 miles, a bit lower than the International Space Station at 250 miles.

Exhilarating Experiences

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Aboard Aurora Station, travelers will fly freely through the space station in zero gravity. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in research experiments and even livestream via high-speed wireless internet.

Stunning Views

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In addition, visitors to Aurora Station will also be able to see both northern and southern auroral displays through the module's various windows. Seeing home from orbit and viewing an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets during the trip add to the draw of visiting orbit.

Planned expansions

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As demand grows, Orion Span intends to add to the original Aurora Station core.

Versatility Built In

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With Aurora Station, the first fully modular space station takes shape. While the station will be ready for guests shortly after launch, Orion Span has plans for expansion by building onto the core module.

Multi-Use Facility

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Orion Span hopes the module will be used for more than simply space tourism — zero gravity research and space manufacturing to name two.

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Christine Lunsford
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