The Next Travel Frontier – Space

Space is scheduled to get its first luxury hotel soon, thanks to Houston-based aerospace startup Orion Span. The company aims to launch its Aurora Station in late 2021. A stay on the Aurora Station will run guests an estimated $792,000 a night, but staying just one night, likely won’t be an option. Frank Bunger, Orion Span’s founder and CEO, told Bloomberg. “We’re selling the experience of being an astronaut. You reckon that there are people who are willing to pay to have that experience.” The company predicts 12-day stays will cost about $9.5 million per person. But imagine the view! The hotel will orbit Earth at a distance of 200 miles, circling the globe once every 90 minutes.

Orion Span isn’t the only commercial space outfit with plans to boldly go into space. Another Texas-based company, Axiom Space, plans to put a commercial space station into orbit by 2024. And Virgin Galactic wants to take tourists on shorter but slightly more affordable (at $250,000 a pop) trips through space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has also said it plans to carry a pair of space tourists around the moon.

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