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Large scale space construction company Orbital Assembly (Alta Loma, California) has announced its plans to construct the world’s first-ever space hotel during a recent virtual event on its YouTube channel.

The project is expected to launch sometime in 2026, with plans to be fully operational in 2027.

“It’s going to happen fast when it starts,” said John Blincow, Chief Executive of Orbital Assembly. “And we believe it’s going to happen a lot, too, even before we finish the first one. We have buyers for other stations because they’re very, very lucrative.”

Voyager Station

While the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to delay the hotel’s original construction start date in 2025, Blincow believes the commercial space station could be constructed within a year’s time, possibly two.

Complete with artificial gravity, the Voyager Station plans to orbit the Earth at a 97-degree angle, some 500-550 kilometers (roughly 311-342 miles) from the planet’s surface. However, lunar gravity will still be prominent. In a tweet, Orbital Assembly said that the location is “sun-synchronous polar orbit that will reduce thermal stress and allow for almost continuous solar power generation. There, orbit degradation and space debris risk will be nominal.”

Boasting more than 125,000 square feet of habitable space in modules and access tubes, the space hotel is designed to accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members. Although, these numbers could increase based on the final module configuration. According to current design plans for the project, 24 modules have been allocated for habitation, each measuring 12 meters (39 feet) in diameter and 20 meters long. At least 12 modules are planned to for a variety of luxury suites, luxury rooms and standard hotel rooms.

The Voyager Station also plans to have a gymnasium that will double as an entertainment venue for musicians and talk-show hosts, as well as spas, libraries, cinemas and world-renowned chefs working at restaurants utilizing electric and fire-free kitchens.

“We want to have Sting come up and play, and Beyoncé,” Blincow told The Washington Post. “There’ll be two shows every night. … That’s part of the entertainment package.”

However, the most exciting opportunity for hotel guests will be to participate in a spacewalk.

“There’s nothing between you and the universe but the face plate,” Blincow continued. “Going out there and looking at the whole solar system and the Earth from the outside, it’s going to be an extraordinary moment.”

While the idea seems surreal and exciting, a trip to space only seems to be accessible for those willing to pay its sky-rocket price. To orbit the Earth for roughly 3.5 days in this futuristic hotel, an interested person would have to pay about $5 million for their ticket. In addition, tourists footing the bill will also be required to undergo safety and physical training before boarding a SpaceX Starship shuttle and lifting off to the Voyager Station.

Already, Virgin Galactic has seen more than 600 people placing deposits for space travel, totaling more than $80 million. Another travel company, Roman & Erica, also experienced clients’ growing interest in space travel that are willing to pay it’s massive fare.

“Now the conversation I’m having with people is, 'Oh, that’s very interesting. How long is the training? Where do I need to train? What’s the deposit like? Do I need to pay the $55 million in advance or is it in tranches?” said the travel company’s co-founder, Roman Chiporukha, whose high-end clients pay annual membership prices ranging from $62,500 to $180,000.

However, Blincow reports that the opportunity shouldn’t feel like a faraway experience for most civilians and that eventually, the price should be more obtainable for people within the middle class.

“When you and I can look forward to buying a ticket and going [to space], that’s the golden age of space travel,” Blincow said.

Although building materials and a price tag have yet to specified, Tom Spilker, CTO of Orbital Assembly reports that the company plans to use technologies that are already in place, but to apply them with a commercial structure and livable facility in mind.

The space hotel is designed to measure 200 meters in overall diameter with an estimated mass of 2,418 metric tons and an estimated volume of 51,104 cubic meters.

In addition to space hotels, Orbital Assembly is also working on on-orbit solar power stations, fueling stations, large structure building machines, space drones and a gateway spaceport.


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