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The project to put he first ever space hotel in Earth's orbit has been greenlit.
The massive hotel is due to get under construction in 2025 before it's launched into the cosmos and opened to guests two years later.
It is expected to be able to host up to 400 guests, who will be able to access bars, restaurants, a health spa, cinemas, libraries, concert venues, and Earth-viewing lounges.
It won't be in complete zero gravity and instead will resemble being on the moon because regular folk won't be able to spend a prolonged period of time completely weightless without proper training.
The humungous operation could rotate around the Earth every 90 minutes, meaning you could get breathtaking views all the time.
But the hotel, which is the brainchild of Orbital Assembly Corporation, is only one part of the Voyager Station.
The whole mega-project is expected to be 'a rotating space station designed to produce varying levels of artificial gravity by increasing or decreasing the rate of rotation'.
The Orbital Assembly Corporation says on its website: "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 company has released a rendering of what they believe the space station could look like and it looks out of this world...literally. I'll see myself out.
There will be individual pods that are attached to a rotating wheel, with long tubes that connect different parts of the station.
The outer ring will be 'the backbone of the station and provide mounting for habitable modules, solar panels, radiators, and a rail transport system' and will be where people will be able to move about the station. The inner ring will serve as a docking hub.
While some of the pods will service the hundreds of hotel guests and staff, there will be some sections sold to government agencies and NASA for research purposes.
The project has been in the works for years, with John Blincow founding The Gateway Foundation in 2012, which eventually created the Orbital Assembly Corporation. There are a lot of layers here.
The Gateway Foundation is excited at the prospect of creating the 'first commercial space construction project in history.'