The first ever commercial space hotel, Voyager Station, aims to open by 2027. Accommodating 280 guests and 112 crew members, the project is being planned by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a construction company run by John Blincow. The station will be OAC’s first major project, and the first commercial space station with artificial gravity.
According to the organization, construction of the 50,000 square meter facility will start in 2026 with the first passengers visiting the hotel in 2027.
When it opens, the rotating hotel will have rooms for up to 440 people. The rotating ring-shaped form will give the station gravity equivalent to one-sixth of the Earth’s.
“Going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation”
The Gateway Foundation originally revealed its design for the space hotel, which was then called the Von Braun Space Station, in 2019.
At the time, its senior design architect Tim Alatorre explained that the aim of the project was to make visiting space accessible to everyone.
“Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World,” Alatorre said.
“Because the overall costs are still so high most people assume that space tourism will only be available to the super-rich, and while I think this will be true for the next several years, the Gateway Foundation has a goal of making space travel open to everyone.”
Hotel will contain restaurants, bars and gyms
Orbital Assembly Corporation has revealed more details about the structure and its construction since its initial launch.
The first component to be constructed will be a central unpressurized ring structure with the docking hub at its center. The outer ring truss, which has a diameter of 200 meters, will then be assembled and connected to the central ring by a network of spokes. The 24 habitation modules that will be used for hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, gyms, crew quarters, and scientific research pods will be supported by this ring.
According to the Gateway Foundation, as the space hotel has gravity, guests should expect a similar experience to visiting a high-end hotel, with restaurants that “will rival the best venues on Earth”.
Guests will be able to relax in a triple-tier bar with a water feature that “will seemingly defy the laws of physics”.
“We are planning on full-service kitchens with all of the dishes you would expect on a luxury cruise ship or in a major hotel,” said Alatorre.
“A lot of the logistical issues for food service have been worked out years ago by the cruise ship industry.”
An activity and gym module with seven-meter-high ceilings will be used for low-gravity games.
At night it will be used as a concert venue where “the biggest musicians on Earth will rock the station as it circles the planet”.
Tourists who want to visit the hotel will have to go through pre-training, as to get to the hotel, visitors will first have to travel with the SpaceX Starship Shuttle. The Voyager Station is already accepting the first reservations – a three-day stay will cost five million US dollars.