Designs for the first commercial space hotel resembling a extraterrestrial “cruise ship” have been unveiled. The Von Braun Space Station is being designed by the Gateway Foundation’s Tim Alatorre and will have gravity, fully operational kitchens, bars and cinemas. The space station is set to be “operational by 2025 with 100 tourists visiting the station per week”, according to the project’s head architect.
If the plans are realised, space tourists will soon get to enjoy holidays in the stars in the hotel strikingly similar to the International Space Station (ISS).
However, unlike its predecessor, the Von Braun Space Station will have artificial gravity, making both visiting and long-term habitation far more comfortable.
The space hotel will reportedly feature a 620ft (190m)-diameter rotating wheel to simulate a gravitational force similar to that felt on the Moon.
24 individual modules fitted out with sleeping accommodation and other support functions will surround the wheel, according to The Gateway Foundation.
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These will decorated using natural materials, fabrics, warm-coloured lighting and paints to give visitors to the space hotel a comfortable, homely experience.
The Gateway Foundation wrote on its website: “The Von Braun Station will be a rotating space station designed to produce varying levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rate of rotation.
“The station will be designed from the start to accommodate both national space agencies conducting low gravity research and space tourists who want to experience life on a large space station with the comfort of low gravity and the feel of a nice hotel.
Mr Alatorre told Deepen: “Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World.
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“The goal of the Gateway Foundation is to have the Von Braun operational by 2025 with 100 tourists visiting the station per week.’
“Because the overall costs are still so high most people assume that space tourism will only be available to the super rich, and while I think this will be true for the next several years, the Gateway Foundation has a goal of making space travel open to everyone.”
The architect expects the space station to eventually house some 400 residents.
Some of the space station’s modules will be sold as private residences while government and science agencies such as NASA will rent the others.
Interiors will be constructed from natural materials and will offer visitors a luxurious experience.
Mr Alatorre added: “Developments in material science now allow for lightweight, easily cleanable natural material substitutes for stone and wood that would normally not be feasible to bring into orbit.
“The use of fabrics, warm-coloured lighting and paints, and materials with texture, all help us to connect and feel at home.
“Because the station will have gravity there will be sense of direction and orientation that isn’t present in the ISS.”
Toilets will function properly at the hotel and showers will use recycled water.