Those of us making grand postpandemic travel plans might want to consider the final frontier as a destination. That's because Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company run by former pilot John Blincow, is planning to open a luxury space hotel by 2027. Voyager Station, as it's being called, would accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members while aiming to be the first commercial space hotel, upon completion.
"We're trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner. It's coming. It's coming fast," Blincow told CNN in an interview. Golden age indeed, as space tourism has piqued the interest of such visionaries as Richard Branson and Elon Musk. And it's the latter Blincow and his team hope to partner with in the near future. "We cannot call [Musk's] SpaceX our partner, but in the future we look forward to working with them," Blincow said at a recent live, asking the viewers to "hang tight."
The physics involved in sleeping within a space hotel is similar to spinning water in a bucket. Much in the same way one can spin a bucket in a circle, keeping the water inside of it, the space hotel would simulate gravity in a similar manner. This makes comfortable rooms and stylish bar experiences possible.