Orian Span was a commercial space agency that aimed to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space.
Orian Span was a commercial space agency aimingthat aimed to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space.
Orion Span iswas a Houston based commercial space agency aiming to become the first company to place luxury hotel in space. The company plansplanned 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 cancould 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 arewere the payment methods available. The company iswas competing with current and upcoming space agencies like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Gateway Foundation.
Orion Span plansplanned 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:
The Aurora Station accommodation module willwas to be approximately 12 feet wide and 35 feet long similar to a private jet.
The station’s initial compartment module iswas expected to host four tourists and two crew members at a time for 12 days. The company expectshad planned to add additional compartment modules as docks to the initial design as the company growsgrew.