Orion Span

Orion Span

commercial space agency aiming to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space

Orion Span is a Houston based commercial space agency aiming to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space. The company plans to build and deploy a modular space station named “Aurora Space Station” for commercial accommodation, scientific research and manufacturing. However, as of 2019, the company is still seeking seed funding. Individuals can 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 are the payment methods available. The company is competing with current and upcoming space agencies like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Gateway Foundation.

Project

Orion Span plans to begin commercial trips to space starting in 2022 with its Aurora Station. However, as of 2019, it has not yet announced any contract with launch providers. 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. The company deleted the crowdfunding page and any mention of the campaign from its website.

The crowdfunding page included plans to rent its on-orbit capacity to astronauts, tourists, and research organizations. The rates for the different markets were:

  • Astronaut services - $60M per head, for 30 days.
  • Space Tourists - $9.5 to $39.5M per head, for 12 days.
  • Space Research - $95k per rack slot per month.

Initial Design

Artists impression of Aurora Space station

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

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

Timeline

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

Funding round
Description
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Orion Span, Seed Round Funding, October 2018

Unspecified funding amount raised in October 2018

October 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

David Jarvis

Chief Technology Officer

Don Blank

Employee

Frank Bunger

Chief Executive Officer

Frank Eichstadt

Chief Engineer

Marvin LeBlanc

Chief Operations Officer

Further reading

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Author
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Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

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

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