Many companies are investing a lot of money in projects to know if there is a possibility of life outside our planet. For these people, the sky will never be the limit. Now, an American company aspires to build a huge space hotel for those who want to live a life beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
The Gateway Foundation claims that it is designing the world’s first space hotel, the “Von Braun Space Station.” The forecast is that Von Braun will be operational in 2025 to “accommodate 100 tourists every week,” says its architect, Tim Alatorre.
But… how will such an invention work? The technology on which this ‘steller” hotel is based is similar to that used in the current International Space Station (ISS), although, with a gravity that is generated by the rings that give shape to this project.
The Von Braun space station structure will consist of two concentric structural rings fixed together with a set of spokes supporting a Habitation Ring made-up of large modules.
The large 190-meter diameter wheel will rotate to create a gravitational force similar to that felt on the moon. Around it, there will be 24 individual modules equipped with sleeping accommodation and other support functions, such as bars, kitchens, lounges. Each module is 20-meter long and has a diameter of 12 meters and offers a total of 500 m² of habitable surface spread over 3 floors.
This rotating space station is designed to be the largest human-made structure in space and will house up to 450 people, including guests, employees, and scientists since some of the modules will be rented for equipment for research purposes.
“The inspiration behind it (this space station) really comes from watching science fiction over the last 50 years and seeing how mankind has had this dream of starship culture,” Timothy Alatorre, the lead architect of this space station, told Space.com.
It is an extremely ambitious project that will require astronomical amounts of funds to ever be built. But it also shows how passionate humans are and how much they want to get the opportunity to travel into space during their lives.
But will this first spaceport ever be built? And if it is built, could we build it by 2025?
The Gateway Foundation is not the only company aiming to expand the space travel opportunity. In June, NASA announced that it hopes to open the International Space Station to private astronauts by 2020.