Space hotel - a voyager space station by Rithvik Puli
Because of companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, space tourism is well on its way to becoming a reality. California-based Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC) envisions a chance for a new experience by checking into the hotel in orbit. It is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2026 and welcome guests in 2027. Plans for the space hotel were first revealed in 2019, under the name Von Braun Rotating Space Station, but there has been some rebranding since then, and it is currently being called the Voyager Space Station.
The 650-foot-wide Voyager Space Station will contain two rings connected by spokes. The inner circle will contain spacecraft docking stations. The outer ring will have the rooms, restaurants, bars, gyms, etc. The solar-powered hotel will spin at speeds high enough to create artificial gravity. When finished, it will have room for up to 400 people. In essence, it's your standard high-end resort, just in space.
The physics involved with creating artificial gravity is simple. The technology revolves around centrifugal force the entire hotel will be spinning so fast that the objects in the hotel will be pulled to the floor. The space hotel would similarly simulate gravity. This makes comfortable rooms and stylish bar experiences possible.
Visitors will also be able to participate in activities that are not possible on Earth. Among the ideas are zero gravity basketball games. In the hotel, when you jump in the air, you jump five times higher. Also under consideration are spacewalks to allow visitors to enjoy clear views of Earth and space.
Right now, the space hotel isn't advertising a rate, but expect it to come with a pretty big price. Some companies plan to launch passengers into sub-orbital space at $250,000 per person, per trip. However, the team behind Voyager Station has said they're hoping to eventually make a stay at the hotel equivalent to "a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland."