Growing tired of boring old vacations on Earth? Orbital Assembly is betting on it. The California company plans to open the first space hotels within the next five years. Resembling a giant circular drone 488 meters in diameter, Voyager Station will accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members. Enjoying resort-like amenities with artificial gravity, passengers will be able to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, catch a movie, or get a massage in the spa without floating away. Guests who want to experience weightlessness can go to low-gravity areas like the basketball court, where they can slam-dunk like they’re in Space Jam. While the price for a visit to the orbiting hotel is astronomical ($5 million for a three-day stay, all-inclusive), the company predicts it will one day be the same as that of a weekend trip to Disneyland.•
This article appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Alta Journal.