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.
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.
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.
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