Why host a meeting on Earth when your venue can provide a view of Earth from afar? Beginning in 2027, this could be a possibility. You may soon be able to level up your group’s stay to interstellar proportions at the first-ever outer space hotel, made possible by Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), the first large-scale space construction company.
Named Voyager Station, the company plans to begin building in low Earth orbit in 2025 and believes it will be operational two years after, as reported by Daily Mail.
The space hotel will be circular and made up of a series of 24 modules, or pods, each of which will serve a different function, such as restaurants, lounges and bars, movie theaters, gyms and spas, concert venues and guest rooms for 400 people; crew quarters, and air, water and power infrastructure, will also take up sections of the facility.
Orbital Assembly plans to make multimonth stays a possibility. The company hopes to sell sections of the hotel to stakeholders, such as government agencies that may want to use the space as a training center or owners wanting to create a villa out of pods.
Some specs about Voyager Station:
11,600 m2 (125,000 sf) of habitable space in modules and access tubes
200m in overall diameter (ISS is 73m long and 109m wide)
Estimated mass of 2,418 metric tons (ISS: 419 tons)
Estimation volume of 51,104 m3 (ISS pressurized volume: 915 m3) pic.twitter.com/iuToy39GW7
— Orbital Assembly Corporation (@OrbitalOps) February 22, 2021
“This will be the next industrial revolution,” said John Blincow, founder of Gateway Foundation, which will run some of the modules. He believes it will launch a new space industry.
How much will it cost to be a meeting attendee in space? Pricing is yet to be announced, but it’s safe to assume the sky’s the limit. Ditto for transfers to and from.