The Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC) has unveiled the interior concept for the Voyager commercial space station. Scheduled to begin operating in 2027 in Earth orbit, it will be an artificial gravity luxury hotel. Additionally, OAC unveiled plans for a smaller version, Pioneer, which could open by 2025.
A “space hotel” is a concept that seems to come out of science fiction movies: a space station whose connected units form a large carousel with luxurious accommodations for its customers. Voyager will have the capacity to accommodate up to 400 people.
Meanwhile, OAC is working on another concept: the Pioneer station, a smaller version of Voyager, which has a capacity of 28 people. According to the company, the goal is for it to function as a “business park” which will house, in addition to welcoming tourists, offices and facilities for space research.
These spatial environments, quite different from the spaces inside International Space Station (ISS), which is not comfortable at all, may seem like something impossible to manage. But Tim Altori, the company’s chief operating officer, believes that view will change as space tourism expands.
In an interview with CNN TravelAltorre explained that the new concept of the Pioneer station will make it possible to achieve the company’s objective more quickly. “It will give us the opportunity to get people to experience space on a larger scale and faster,” he added.
Additionally, with Pioneer in operation, the company will raise funds to continue building Voyager. In any case, the two stations will serve as a “bicycle wheel” in orbit around the Earth. giant ring It will produce artificial gravitywith an intensity similar to that which occurs on the Moon.
At the center of the seasons, there will be no gravity, but the closer to the edges, the greater the sense of gravity. Altorre pointed out that at first customers would face “inconvenience” because using the bathroom and eating without the gravity of the earth would still be an exotic thing.
Voyager Station’s illustrations reveal many environments very similar to luxury hotels on Earth: dining rooms, bars, gymnasiums, and super-comfortable bedrooms. The main and best difference is that looking through the windows, the customer will notice the darkness of the space and the beauty of the grounds.
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Last year Richard Branson “Opening” Tourism Area By launching a suborbital flight with his company, Virgin Galactic. Then Blue Origin started its subtropical flights with commercial customers, including a flight with William ShatnerRepresenting star trekwho at 91 became the oldest person to go into space.
In addition to these initiatives, we have SpaceX, also launching in 2021 The first entirely private space mission, Without the participation of government space agencies or professional astronauts. For Altorre, the means to reach space already exist, but a suitable destination is still missing.
The International Space Station itself has received space tourists, including Dennis Tito who, in 2001, Become the first space tourist. However, the International Station is an environment designed for work and scientific research, so CAO space hotels are coming in to fill that niche.
In response to criticism of the growth of space tourism, who say all this money can be invested Troubleshooting on the groundTim Altori explained that: “Many life-changing technologies” stem from space exploration, Citing GPS as an example.
Altorre also stressed that space tourism will not be limited to billionaires who can afford it. fortune for space travel. According to him, the company is doing everything possible to “make room for everyone”. However, many challenges remain to be overcome.
The company needs to know how much artificial gravity it will need in its stations, as well as to protect its customers from space radiation. However, since tourists have to stay in the units for a few weeks, the radiation will not be harmful.
The company’s chief operating officer says space hotels won’t emerge overnight, but it’s only a matter of time before they become a reality. For Altorre, space tourism has only just begun.
Source: via CNN