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The world's first space hotel to open in 2027 | CNN

2021-03-04T21:31:34.429Z

The space hotel is made up of 24 modules connected by elevator shafts and could be open by 2027. Check out the first space hotel to open in 2027 1:10 (CNN) - If you daydream about future travel while stuck at home during the pandemic, why fantasize about the beaches of Bali or the canals of Venice when vacations in space could be your future? In 2019, the Californian company Gateway Foundation published plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above Earth's atmosphere.



Check out the first space hotel to open in 2027 1:10

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If you daydream about future travel while stuck at home during the pandemic, why fantasize about the beaches of Bali or the canals of Venice when vacations in space could be your future?

In 2019, the Californian company Gateway Foundation published plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above Earth's atmosphere.

The futuristic concept of the time, called the Von Braun Station, consisted of 24 modules connected by elevator shafts that form a rotating wheel that orbits the Earth.

It is scheduled to be fully operational by 2027.

A couple of years later the hotel has a new name - Voyager Station - and will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company led by ex-pilot John Blincow, who also runs the Gateway Foundation.

In a recent interview with CNN Travel, Blincow explained that there were some delays related to covid-19, but construction of the space hotel is expected to begin in 2026, and a stay in space could be a reality by 2027.

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“We are trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner.

It is coming.

It's coming fast, ”said Blincow.

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Space Hotel - By 2027, staying in space could be a reality.

Welcome to Voyager Station, an ambitious space hotel project.

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What will be the future of travel?

- The California-based Gateway Foundation will build the hotel in conjunction with Orbital Assembly Corporation, a startup led by John Blincow of the Gateway Foundation.

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Golden Age - "We are trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner. It is coming. It is coming fast," Blincow told CNN Travel.

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Spinning Wheel - This futuristic concept is made up of 24 modules connected by elevator shafts that make up a spinning wheel that orbits the Earth.

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Luxury Experience - Inside, guests can enjoy all the comforts they would expect from a luxury hotel or cruise ship.

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Unique Experience - Recreational activities that take full advantage of the reduced gravity will be offered.

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Next Steps - The next stage in getting the Voyager station off the ground is to bring more investors into the mix and begin field testing.

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A hotel like no other

Renderings of what the hotel might look like suggest an interior not unlike a luxury hotel on Earth, just with some pretty special views.

When the initial designs were released a couple of years ago, Orbital Assembly Corporation senior design architect Tim Alatorre told CNN Travel that the hotel's aesthetic was a direct response to Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey." , which he called "almost a plan of what not to do."

"I think Stanley Kubrick's goal was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity, so he purposely made the stations and ships very sterile, clean, and strange."

Instead, Alatorre and his team want to bring a piece of land into space through warm suites and stylish bars and restaurants.

Guests can be in the space, but can still enjoy normal beds and showers.

That is not to say that the hotel will completely ignore the novelty of being in space.

There are plans to serve traditional "space food", such as freeze-dried ice cream, in the hotel restaurant.

In addition, recreational activities will be offered that "highlight the fact that you can do things that you cannot do on Earth," according to Alatorre.

"Due to weightlessness and reduced gravity, you will be able to jump higher, you will be able to lift things, you will be able to run in ways that you cannot on Earth."

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(Credit: Orbital Assembly Corporation)

How does it work?

So how exactly would the physics of a space hotel work?

Alatorre told CNN Travel that the spinning wheel would work to create simulated gravity.

"The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station towards the perimeter of the station, in the same way that you can rotate a bucket of water without watering it: the water comes out of the bucket and stays in place," he said.

There is no artificial gravity near the center of the station, Alatorre explained, but as you move around the outside of the station, the sense of gravity increases.

The hotel's original name was chosen because the concept was inspired by 60-year-old designs by Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States.

While living in Germany, von Braun participated in the Nazi rocket development program, so naming the space hotel in his honor was a controversial choice.

This was in part why the name was changed, Blincow told CNN Travel.

The station is not really about him.

It is based on their design and we like their contributions to science and space, ”said Blincow.

But you know, Voyager Station is much more than that.

It is the material in the future.

And we want a name that doesn't have those attachments.

Space tourism is becoming an increasingly hot topic, and there are several companies trying to make it happen, from Virgin Galactic to Elon Musk's SpaceX.

SpaceX's StarShip system could help launch Voyager station.

"We cannot call SpaceX our partner, but in the future we look forward to working with them," Blincow said at a recent live event promoting Orbital Assembly, advising viewers to "wait."

For now, the space hotel is not advertising a room rate, but expects it to have a fairly high price attached.

Virgin Galactic, for example, plans to launch passengers into suborbital space at $ 250,000 per person, per trip.

However, the team behind the Voyager station have said they hope that eventually a hotel stay will be equivalent to "a trip on a cruise ship or a trip to Disneyland."

"Culture of spaceships"

While the Voyager station is perhaps Orbital's most striking design, it's really just one facet of its space ambitions.

The team also hopes to build research stations and generate business and space tourism opportunities.

"Right now we are designing the tools and machines that can build these structures very quickly," Blincow told CNN Travel.

The team envisions that the government or private companies could use modules to train crews "heading to Mars, the Moon and beyond," as Alatorre described at the 2021 live event.

The next stage in getting Voyager Station off the ground is to bring more investors into the mix and continue field testing.

The ultimate goal, as Alatorre put it in 2019, is to 'create a starship culture where people go to space, live in space, work in space and want to be in space.

And we think there is a demand for that.

Science and Space

Source: cnnespanol

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