Ever space hotel to launch in 2021

Price tag for the package: $9.5 million.

Orion Span is already starting to accept deposits for those who want to be the first guests in their affordable luxury hotel in space.

Developed by a startup called Orion Span, the craft will be launched in the space in late 2021 and to welcome its guests in 2022.

The hotel is expected to orbit Earth every 90 minutes, which means guests will see an average of 16 sunrises per day during their stay.

Activities on board include taking part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit - which guests can take home for a super-smug souvenir - and soaring over their hometown. The experience won't be totally isolating, either; the station will feature a high-speed wireless Internet connection, plus a VR holodeck. Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience.

Another company will try its hand in space tourism and a new luxury hotel orbiting the earth is scheduled to open its doors by 2022. The $80,000 is fully refundable, should applicants find themselves unable to rise to the full $9.5 million. The training regimen to prepare space travelers, which usually takes 24 months, has also been streamlined to just three months, further lowering the cost. Orion Span is beating the eventual rush to provide space tourists with a place to lay their tired heads, as Bloomberg first reported.

Several leaders of the company have serious backgrounds in space, including Marv L. LeBlanc, COO, a former executive with the ARES Corporation, and CTO David Jarvis, who spent 13 years at Johnson Space Center in Houston, providing operations support to the Japanese Space Agency, a partner in the International Space Station. Branson originally said flights would begin in 2009, but an official date has yet to be set for its maiden voyage. Still, that's quite a bit less than orbital tourists have paid in the past. The final step is completed during the interstellar stay. We're calling that a space condo.

Adds Bunger: "Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand". Follow Orion Span on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn at @OrionSpanInc, and on Twitter at @OrionSpan. "We will later sell dedicated modules as the world's first condominiums in space", CEO and Founder Frank Bunger said in a statement.

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