Space tourism grows as Voyager Station Hotel plans to open in 2027

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Travel is picking up, the vacation industry is picking up – and now you can go further, if you’ve got a few million to spare, because space travel is exploding. California-based Orbital Assembly Corp. (OAC) plans to launch its luxury space hotel in 2027 and a smaller-scale station as early as 2025.

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SAC’s flagship project, the Voyager Station, is made up of large rotating devices designed to produce different levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rate of rotation, the company explains on its website.

“Voyager class will also provide the comfort of low gravity in the luxurious accommodations of a luxury hotel space for tourists who want to experience an extended visit to space,” the company said.

It plans to include 24 housing modules, including a restaurant, event center, villas, bars, office space, gym and research center.

The project will be designed to accommodate more than 300 passengers and crew, including tourists, business people, astronauts, scientists and other interested parties.

“For tourists, we believe we can provide hotel amenities that will include: ‘spacious’ accommodation; breathtaking views of the Earth, Moon and stars; restaurant-quality food and beverages; events; functional toilets and showers; exercise facilities; medical triage services; and emergency evacuation capabilities. We are no longer camping in space,” the company said, per Netcapital.

Such a visit to space will cost you dearly. Travel and Leisure reports that Voyager is already taking bookings – and the cost is “casual $5 million for a three and a half day stay”.

Additionally, CNN reports that the company’s second space station, the Pioneer Station, will house 28 people and could be operational in just three years.

Tim Alatorre, chief operating officer of Orbital Assembly, told CNN that “the goal has always been to enable large numbers of people to live, work and thrive in space.”

Alatorre added that the appeal of Pioneer Station is that its smaller scale makes it more feasible to complete the project and commission the station in a shorter timeframe.

“It’s going to give us the opportunity to take space on a larger scale, faster,” he told CNN, adding that office space and research facilities will also be for rent on both Pioneer Station and Voyager Station.

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Alatorre said this revenue stream was a “win-win” for Orbital Assembly, as many of its short-term goals depend on funding, according to CNN.

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Yael Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She has also worked as a VP/Senior Content Writer for major New York-based financial firms, including New York Life and MSCI. Yael is now independent and most recently co-authored the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare”, with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in journalism from New York University and one in Russian studies from Toulouse-Jean Jaurès University, France.

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