The Aurora Space Station was a technology concept for a private commercial space station in low Earth orbit that was announced on 5 March 2018 by Orion Span, a startup aerospace company in California, United States funded by Pear Venture and Berkeley SkyDeck. The concept envisions a capacity of six people: two crew and four tourists.[1][2]

Aurora Space Station
Station statistics
CrewCrew: 2
Tourists: 4
Launch2021 (conceptual)
Carrier rocketTBD
Mission statusCancelled
Length13.3 m (44 ft)
Width4.3 m (14 ft)
Pressurised volume160 m3 (5,700 cu ft)
Typical orbit altitude320 km (200 mi)
Orbital period90 minutes

No launch contract has been signed for deployment of the modules nor crewed vehicles,[1][3] and its construction has not started,[3] but its representatives claimed it would be launched in 2021.[1] In March 2021[4] the website announced that they had shut down operations and refunded all deposits.[5]

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Frank Bunger, the founder and CEO of Orion Span, stated that the Aurora Station would offer to space tourists a 12-day stay for US$9.5 million.[1][2] He said that the design concept is such that the station would not require extravehicular activities (spacewalks) for assembly and operation. Orion Span plans to design, test and build the station in Houston, Texas.[1] The company has yet to sign a launch contract, but stated that this commercial station would be deployed in low Earth orbit in 2021,[1] and start to receive passengers in 2022.[2] Bunger said that travelers will be required to complete a three-month training program before launch.[2] Guests would be able to free-float, look out windows, practice hydroponics, and play in a 'hologram deck'.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Luxury Space Hotel to Launch in 2021 Mike Wall, 6 April 2018
  2. ^ a b c d First luxury hotel in space announced Maureen O'Hare, CNN News 5 April 2018
  3. ^ a b Startup announces plans for low-cost commercial space station Jeff Foust, SpaceNews 5 April 2018
  4. ^ "Orion Span Aurora Station". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 14 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Orion Span". Orion Span. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  6. ^ This luxury space hotel could be up and running in four years NBC News 5 April 2018

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