01Sep2019

World’s First Luxury Space Hotel ‘Like Going On A Cruise’

Space tourism is on our doorstep. Full-service kitchens and bars, movie screenings, and even interiors with natural materials and a cozy color palette sound like the trappings of any nice hotel.

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Blast through the Von Braun Space Station, an in-development commercial space hotel. Courtesy of Domum

But future guests of the Von Braun Rotating Space Station — an in-the-works hotel for space tourists — can enjoy the same perks while cruising the heavens. “Eventually, going to space will be just another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World,” Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun, tells design site Dezeen, which shared the first interior photos of the space station.

The Von Braun, which was first announced in February, is being built by the Gateway Foundation. The organization aims to have the astral accommodation operational by 2025, with 100 tourists blasting in per week.

The bulk of the hotel will initially have about a sixth of Earth’s gravity, which means guests will be able to eat regular food and use the restrooms as they normally would. Other parts will have near-zero gravity, where people can play low-gravity basketball (for easier dunks), do low-gravity trampolining (for catching serious air) and play Quidditch, the sport from “Harry Potter” (which requires flight).

Alatorre, who is the principal architect at Domum, emphasizes the final product won’t resemble Space Station 5 in Stanley Kubrick’s famed “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He’s employing warm-colored lights and paints, as well as fabrics to “help us to connect and feel at home,” adds Alatorre.

The materials used to construct the station will be sent into orbit, then assembled using, in part, drones and robots. The Gateway Foundation’s objective is to have by 2030 a second station in orbit, which would accommodate at least 500 people permanently living in space and a total of 200 visitors weekly — totaling more than 10,000 space tourists per year.

Costs to visit the space hotel are expected to be high — though no exact figures have been disclosed — during the first several years, but this kind of travel won’t be solely for the rich, Alatorre adds. The Gateway Foundation is “developing programs that will give people with average incomes the ability to win or buy discounted tickets and spend a week in space,” he said.

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