Orbital Assembly Corporation is the worlds first large scale space construction company, recently announced new details about its ambitious plan to build a hotel above the Earth’s atmosphere. The Gateway Foundation first proposed this concept in 2012, and the California company later established OAC to realize its dream of building the first commercial hotel in space. According to reports, the company plans to start building the hotel Voyager station in low earth orbit in 2025, and the hotel will be put into operation as early as 2027.
The space hotel will be different from the International Space Station (ISS) because a giant wheel with 24 modules connected by a lift shaft will rotate to generate artificial gravity at the same level as the surface of the moon. The construction company said it will also have 44 emergency return vehicles (ERVs) with automatic flight control for automatic landings.
The commercial station has more than 11,600 square meters of habitable space and will have many functions expected on a cruise ship, including luxury villas, hotel suites, gyms, restaurants and bars. The company’s website says: “The simulated gravity will provide facilities such as toilets, showers and beds, with functions similar to how you used to use it on earth in the past.”
OAC explained the design in a series of tweets, stating that the Voyager Station will be assembled on the track before using automated and remote-controlled robots to rotate. The docking center of the center is expected to function as an independent zero-gravity station, and the center will be located in the center’s operations and control center (OCC). The first OCC will be in place from the beginning, which will allow the crew to live in the station to operate the pods and drones.
The planned orbit and elevation of the Voyager station are 97 degrees, 500-550 kilometers from the earth’s surface in a sun-synchronous orbit. This means that the space hotel will always be in the same “fixed” position relative to the sun, which helps reduce thermal stress and achieve almost continuous solar power generation. According to OAC, the risk of orbital degradation and space debris will also be insignificant.