24. Oct 2022
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Orbital Assembly, a company that specializes in designing and constructing space stations, is planning to open two luxury space hotels - Voyager Station and Pioneer Station. Both space hotels would accommodate more than just intergalactic travelers, but would also be suitable for business, manufacturing, and research. Voyager Station, Orbital Assembly’s first proposed space hotel, was originally designed to accommodate 280 guests, though plans have updated that number to 400. The company has also recently shared designs for a smaller station called Pioneer Station, which would house significantly less people—only 28 at a time—but could be operational as soon as 2025.

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Both stations make use of artificial gravity. This makes comfortable rooms and stylish bar experiences possible. According to the Space Voyager’s website, the degree of artificial gravity will vary depending on the speed of rotation.

Because of the physics involved, both Voyager Station and Pioneer Station look in many ways like a giant floating wheels. On Voyager Station, the docking hub in the middle of the station will welcome ships and also serve as the operation and control center. Elevators in spoke-like shafts then transport guests and employees to the main hospitality area, which encircles the structure in the way a tire does a wheel.

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While simulated gravity is important for long-term space habitats, for many visitors who venture so far, feeling the weightlessness of space is a big part of the appeal. As such, the company has plans to ensure this experience isn’t missed. The interiors of Pioneer station, in particular, are designed to function in both zero gravity and partial gravity.

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There will be an opportunity for a zero-gravity experience on Voyager as well, and the designs currently include plans for recreational activities such as basketball games where participants can soar higher due to the weightlessness of the environment.

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For now, the space hotel isn’t commenting on its room rate, but comparing it to other proposed public space missions, it will likely come at a steep cost. For example, Virgin Galactic plans to launch ordinary passengers into space at $450,000 per person, per trip. The team at Voyager and Pioneer Station, however, has already assured the public that as space tourism becomes more commonplace, they hope to eventually make a stay at the hotel something similar to buying a cruise ticket.

Source: architectrualdigest.com

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