Do you want an Earth view room? This hotel in Space should be your next destination!
Sitting home for a year during the pandemic, we all have been fantasising about our next vacay. But why just stop at the sea beaches of Maldives and snow-capped mountains of Switzerland? Open your horizons and book a room at a space hotel. Yes, space tourism is the new buzz, and a hotel in space is the next big attraction.
The Gateway Foundation has announced that it intends to open the first hotel in space, named Voyager Station, in 2027. The construction of the 50,000-square-metre facility will start in 2026 with the first passengers visiting the hotel in 2027.
When it opens, this rotating hotel will have rooms for up to 440 people. The rotating ring-shaped form will give the station gravity equivalent to one-sixth of the Earth’s. Though in space, the hotel would have all the comforts of any hotel like on Earth.
There are plans to serve traditional “space food” — like freeze dried ice cream — in the hotel’s restaurant. Plus there will be recreational activities on offer that highlight the fact that you’re able to do things that you can’t do on Earth. Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you’ll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, and be able to run in ways that you can’t on Earth.
How does it work?
The rotating wheel would work to create a simulated gravity. The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water — the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place? Near the center of the station there’s no artificial gravity, Alatorre explained, but as you move down the outside of the station, the feeling of gravity increases.
Space tourism is the hot topic nowadays. Right from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wants to dabble in this space.
The hotel's original name was chosen because the concept was inspired by 60-year-old designs from Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the US.