Using pre-existing ideologies of physics, the developers are creating a way for civilians to see space with their own eyes while living in luxury.
Sometimes, it's astonishing to see just how rapidly technology has advanced over the last few decades. From smartphones that can process a multitude of tasks at a time to cars that can essentially drive themselves around, to robots that are eerily human-like, we are constantly being mind-blown by the changes. And now, there is one more futuristic technology in development that will take us to the one place so many of us have wished to go - space.
According to the Daily Mail, the Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC) will begin developing the Voyager Station, also called Von Braun Station, in 2025. It will be the world's first "space hotel" launched in low Earth orbit and will contain restaurants, a cinema, spa, gym, kitchen, and rooms for 400 people.
OAC's ultimate aim is the colonization of space and that is something this space hotel will help achieve.
As per its website, the unbelievable contraption is described as "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."
The unique accommodation will have two concentric structural rings fixed together. The inner ring will be classified as a docking hub while the outer ring will be "the backbone of the station and provide mounting for habitable modules, solar panels, radiators, and a rail transport system". Additionally, the latter will be the place where people will be able to move around freely. As for the pods attached below the outer ring, while some may be sold to NASA for research purposes, others will be turned into accommodation, restaurants, and bars.
This type of project was first proposed by Wernher von Braun, an architect of the NASA Apollo program. In the 1950s, he proposed a wheel-shaped habitat whose spinning action would help create artificial gravity. However, it wasn't until 2012 that the Voyager Station plan was formulated by The Gateway Foundation. OAC, which the firm built specifically for this project, was established in 2018 and they say that by 2027, it will be fully operational.
The team bringing this to life includes NASA veterans, pilots, engineers, and architects as they construct a system that includes multiple pods for varied purposes and a high-speed "space train." With a total of 24 integrated habitation modules, each one will be 20 meters (65 feet) long by 12 meters (39 feet) wide and will each function differently from hotel rooms to movie theatres. The firm also maintains expectations that their ring will consist of viewing lounges, concert venues, bars, libraries, gyms, and a spa - things that wouldn't be amiss on a cruise ship. However, unlike on the sea, this space hotel will go around the world every 90 minutes.
"This will be the next industrial revolution," explained John Blincow, founder of the Gateway Foundation, as quoted by the Daily Mail. He also shares why rotation is essential for this to work. "People need gravity so their bodies won't fall apart," he said, all of which will be taken into consideration during testing. While the structure will take two years to complete, when it's done being tested, a robot named STAR - Structure Truss Assembly Robot - will construct the frame in orbit within three days.
According to NBC News, Tim Alatorre, OAC's senior design architect said, “There hasn’t been a lot of movement historically to get the average person into space, and we’re pushing to make that happen. In a few years we’re all going to be just thinking of space as a normal vacation option.”
Cover image source: Youtube | The Gateway Foundation