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Orion Span

Orion Span

Orian Span was a commercial space agency that aimed to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space.

Orion Span was a Houston based commercial space agency. The company planned to build and deploy a modular space station named “Aurora Space Station” for commercial accommodation, scientific research and manufacturing. Individuals could register on the company’s website to join the wait list to become space tourists with a deposit of $80,000 per person. Escrow and cryptocurrency were the payment methods available. The company was competing with space agencies like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Gateway Foundation.

Project

Orion Span planned to begin commercial trips to space starting in 2022 with its Aurora Station. In December 2017, it announced a campaign to raise $2 million of seed funding through crowdfunding site seedinvest. The campaign failed as it was able to raise $235,000 of the $2 million goal.

Initial Design

Artists impression of Aurora Space station

The Aurora Station accommodation module was to be approximately 12 feet wide and 35 feet long similar to a private jet.

The station’s initial compartment module was expected to host four tourists and two crew members at a time for 12 days. The company had planned to add additional compartment modules as docks to the initial design as the company grew.

Timeline

December 2018
Orion Span raises a $161,500 crowdfunding.
April 6, 2018
New Startup Aims To Launch Luxury Space Hotels by 2022
April 6, 2018
'Luxury Space Hotel' Could Cater to Travelers by 2022
April 6, 2018
This week, the company announced that it wants to put its luxury space hotel Aurora Station into orbit in 2021, to begin receiving guests in 2022.
April 5, 2018
Orion Span, a startup that launched yesterday, wants to offer luxury accommodations in space for 12-day trips at a going rate of $9.5 million.
March 25, 2018
If you want to pay for the privilege of staying at Aurora Station, it will cost you $9.5 million per person for 12 days.

Funding Rounds

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Frank Bunger CEO Orion Span

January 2, 2019

Listen to the Your Online Coffee Break Episode - Hotel in Space: Aurora Station - featuring Orion Span CEO Frank Bunger on iHeartRadio | iHeartRadio

Orion Span's Aurora Station

Orion Span's Aurora Station Dynamic Expansion Architecture

Space Vacation 2022! - Frank Bunger, CEO & Founder, Orion Span - Space Hotels and the Push To Colonize the Great Beyond - Future Tech Podcast

July 2, 2018

References

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