Orion Span said that the company plans to launch the original Aurora Station module into low earth orbit in 2021 - about 322 kilometers above the earth. The orbital altitude is slightly lower than the current position of the International Space Station. The International Space Station is located about 408 kilometers above the Earth. The company said that Aurora Station will be able to provide private double suites for people to complete a 12-day round-trip and a three-month training program to prepare them for the adventure.
Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of Orion Span stated: "Orion Span also used an unprecedented 24-month training program to prepare visitors to visit a space station and reduce it to three months. It's a small part of it.”
The hotel will be able to accommodate four passengers at the same time, and two crew members will guide the journey. Although Bunger’s recent proposal is: “Our goal is to allow everyone to get into space by continuing to realize higher value at a lower cost, but spending $9.5 million per person is certainly not the final budget.”
SpaceX, Orbital ATK, Blue Origin, and other private space companies are accelerating the test of space travel programs. Although Orion Span has not revealed any agreement with the launch provider, it will certainly have multiple options. Bunger pointed out that the company's long-term plan is to expand Aurora Station from one module to multiple modules and have various potential uses.
“Our architecture allows us to easily increase capacity so that we can grow as market demand grows. We will later sell exclusive modules as the world's first space apartments. Future Aurora owners can choose to live, Visit or sublet their space apartment.”
Aurora Station has a deposit of 80,000 USD per room. This deposit will be refunded if the customer changes his mind or if Aurora Station does not reach the ambitious 2022 opening goal.