Picture this, you lounging in a cruise, eating delish food, and sipping cold drinks, enjoying the scenic view of that huge blue orb called Earth. Having the time of your life in an outer space vacation.
A holiday in outer space will now be possible as a company, the Gateway Foundation, revealed in 2019 their plan for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above the Earth's atmosphere. Voyager Station, as it is called, will be constructed by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company managed by former pilot John Blincow, who is also the forefront of the Gateway Foundation. The said hotel will create artificial gravity by using centrifugal force. It appears as a Ferris wheel, spinning to simulate gravity in its capsules. With regards to how the interior of the hotel might look like, it will not be as different as the ones we have on Earth. It will just have some pretty spectacular out-of-this-world scenery. Voyager Station also includes vacation villas for purchase, restaurant, bar, gymnasium, and entertainment center. Basically, it is a standard luxury hotel and resort, except it is located in space. The hotel's number of accommodations are 280 guests and it will have crew members of 112. In an interview with CNN, Blincow stated, "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,". Golden Age indeed, as space tourism has roused the interest of such visionaries as Richard Branson and Elon Musk. With this, Blincow and his crew has every intention to collaborate with Musk's SpaceX in the near future. "We cannot call SpaceX our partner, but in the future we look forward to working with them," Blincow said at a recent live video. Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at Orbital Assembly Corporation told CNN Travel the hotel's aesthetic design was a retroaction to Stanley Kubrick's movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" "I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien." Alatorre stated. Alatorre instead wanted to induce warm suites and chic bars and restaurants in the hotel so that clients can still enjoy regular amenities from Earth though they might be in space. Even so, the hotel will not disregard the opportunity of being in space altogether. The team aims to offer standard "space food" - like freeze-dried ice cream - in the hotel's restaurant. On top of that, there will be recreational activities highlighting things that one cannot do on Earth. "Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you'll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can't on Earth." added Alatorre. The construction of the space hotel has been pushed back to 2026 instead of 2025 suggests Orbital Assembly. The delay is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and not any because of any technological hold-ups. At any rate, it is likely that Voyager Station will become habitable by 2027. Even now, reservations have already been made— costing a casual $5 million for a three-and-a-half-day stay.