PICS: This is what the first space hotel will look like

2019-09-20 18:45 - Gabi Zietsman
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Space tourism is not as far in the future as you may think. In fact, it might be the same as going on a cruise by 2030.

That's according to Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station. In development by the Gateway Foundation, the space station will be built for commercial and scientific use - including a hotel. Expected to be operational by 2025, the total population of the station will be around 400 people, with an expected 100 tourists coming through each week.

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von braun space station

(Photo: Gateway Foundation)

Like many in Sci-Fi movies, the station will resemble a rotating ring that will simulate low gravity -  this means your experience of space will be very different than the difficulties faced by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). You'll be able to go to a bathroom and walk around fairly like you would on Earth.

Kitchens, bars and restaurants will also make up the total of 24 pods that will be available for commercial and government use - some pods will even be sold as private residences. 

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von braun space station

(Photo: Gateway Foundation)

While you might think the interior will have extremely futuristic decor, Alatorre told Dezeen that it will feel more like a cruise with a classic hotel feel.

"In the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's Space Station 5 is a sterile, white, museum-like hotel. While it made for a clearly futuristic feeling in the movie, in reality, it wasn't a very inviting space. As humans, we innately connect to natural materials and colours."

The low gravity - with certain sections where there will be zero gravity - also opens up an array of new activities and sports that have never been conceived of before, including bringing fantasy games like Quidditch from Harry Potter to life.

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von braun space station

(Photo: Gateway Foundation)

von braun space station

(Photo: Gateway Foundation)

But there is more to this station than just creating an avenue for space tourism - the Gateway Foundation wants to plant the seeds for a 'starship culture', a community of settlers in space. It will also further their main goal of cementing a 'space construction industry' that will help humanity travel further into the galaxy.

"Looking beyond 2030, the Von Braun Station is a proof of concept for the Gateway Foundation's next project, which is a class of station called The Gateway, which will house over 1,400 people," says Alatorre."These will be true cities in space that will be ports of call for those coming and going from the moon and Mars."

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von braun space station

(Photo: Gateway Foundation)

However, they are not the only ones in the space hotel race. Orion Span is aiming to have their luxury space hotel Aurora Station up and running by 2022 already, but will only be able to house six people for 12-day space travel tours reports CNN Travel. NASA also recently announced that they will be opening the ISS to tourists to fund their future space endeavours. 

According to a space technology professor that spoke to NBC, however, the timeline for when these space hotels will hit the sky is off, stating that humanity will only be capable of doing of the technology in the 2030s. There are also some questions around how guests will get to these hotels, although Gateway Foundation has claimed to be in talks with SpaceX using their Starship.

You might think that it will only be for the rich - Alatorre reiterated that they aim to make it as accessible as possible, although it won't be at first. Eventually, however, it will be like saving up for a week in Europe, but instead jetting off to the stars.

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