With proprietary technology, Orion Span has developed Aurora Station, the first-ever luxury space hotel - designed for both space travelers and space agencies. Several other companies, including Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, also aim to launch commercial space stations to Earth orbit in the next few years to meet anticipated demand from space tourists, national governments, researchers and private industry.
"We want to get people into space because it's the final frontier for our civilisaturation", said Orion Span's founder and chief executive officer, Frank Bunger, a former software engineer. "The goal when we started the company was to create that innovation to make simplicity possible and by making simplicity possible, we drive a tremendous amount of cost out of it". It's that everything about space travel is complicated, and there doesn't seem to be much of a plan here (at least, from what the company has disclosed publicly).
Sounds incredible, right? But wait, it would cost a whopping Rs 61,74,52,500 ($9.5 million) per person to stay at Aurora Station.
He added: "We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing".
Orion Span is building Aurora Station itself, Bunger added. Instead, it'll be in orbit about 200 miles above the Earth.
According to Bloomberg, the space start-up has yet to contract with a launch provider, either for its initial flights to build the station or for customer flights. The startup's aggressive four-year time frame may be a ploy, Larson said, to assess "what kind of market might be out there for this".
Orion Span isn't alone in seeking to carve out this path. And for the out-of-the-world experience, quite literally, one would have to spend a meagre $9.5 million (Rs 61 crore approx.), inclusive of the launching shuttle price. Orion Span is also advertising to other groups in the field of space research, such as government agencies, and organizations interested in space manufacturing-a field which promises to enable industrial processes that can not be realized on Earth.
The first fully modular space station to ever debut, Aurora Station will operate as the first luxury hotel in space.
Travelling to space is on the bucket list of many, even if they're not (and can't be) an astronaut. "Orion Span has additionally taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost".
Mr Bunger told Forbes: "We have a virtual reality experience, what we call the holodeck, named after Star Trek".