In 2027, the first space hotel will appear near the Earth, which is far from an invention. Very soon, anyone will be able to rent a comfortable room and take a break from the bustle of the earth. Guests will have access to restaurants, gyms, and other facilities for recreation and entertainment. It sounds fantastic, which is why many people flatly refuse to believe the reality of this project. And this is quite expected – at the moment it is difficult for engineers to build even something like a modern International Station, and then someone is going to open a whole hotel! Recently, one of the authors of this project interviewed Dezeen and told about everything that is primarily of interest to ordinary people. He explained how they intend to open a space hotel in such a short timeframe and what an important problem they need to solve at the moment.
Voyager Space Hotel
The imminent creation of a space hotel became known a few weeks ago – the news was shared by the Daily Mail. The construction will be carried out by the American company Orbital Assembly, and the station will be called Voyager. The structure will be in the form of a huge ring and located in a low-earth orbit. The mechanism will constantly rotate so that the people inside are slightly pressed to the floor, and artificial gravity is created. Inside, the structure will resemble a cruise ship with capsule rooms, restaurants, and other establishments. In general, you will not get bored there.
On an area of 50,000 square meters, 24 modules will be located, which can accommodate 400 people. The construction of the station is scheduled to begin in 2025. If all goes according to plan, the Voyager space hotel will open in 2027. This is where the questions begin. Usually, even small spacecraft construction takes a huge amount of time and requires a huge investment. So how is Orbital Assembly going to build an entire station to house people in just a couple of years?
Building a hotel in space
Tim Alatorre, the architect of the space hotel, recently answered the questions people are interested in. According to him, they may indeed be able to open the hotel in 2027. They plan to meet the deadline because the station’s main part will be assembled while on Earth and only then sent to low-Earth orbit. Also, they will not wait to complete the construction of all 24 modules of the hotel – the opening will take place immediately after 4 modules are ready.
With all this, Tim Alatorre does not deny that the opening can be postponed. At this point, the biggest problem is that current rockets are unlikely to cope with the frequent delivery of heavy loads into low-earth orbit. It remains to be hoped that launch vehicles of a new generation will be created in the coming years. It is safe to assume that Orbital Assembly will partner with SpaceX. She is just developing the Starship spacecraft, which will be able to deliver large cargo to low-earth orbit. Moreover, it is reported that it will be able to transport equipment to the Moon and even Mars.
Human life outside the Earth
People are also very interested in how the guests of such an unusual hotel will feel. To prevent them from being in zero gravity, artificial gravity will be created inside the hotel. As mentioned above, the station will constantly be in motion. When rotating, passengers will feel centrifugal forces, which will create the effect of gravity. The structure will make 1.2 revolutions every minute. According to Tim Alatorre, people can get used to spinning at 23 rpm. So the hotel guests shouldn’t have any ailments.
Everything sounds pretty plausible. Just imagine, this hotel has opened – and then what? Anyone who wants to go there is clearly not allowed. Not only will it cost fabulous money to stay in Earth’s orbit, but you also need to be physically ready for a space flight. Future tourists will have to undergo a thorough medical examination and training. And no one will let ordinary people into space until the company has proven that the hotel is completely safe. And it can take a very long time to get a permit.
However, at the moment, many companies are trying to develop space tourism. Virgin Galactic is making notable progress in this business – in 2020, it even showed the VSS Unity cruise ship’s interior. So, if the hotel is created, it will most likely be able to accommodate customers of Virgin and other similar companies.