Based on a concept by a controversial scientist,The Von Braun Space Station is moving ahead with construction plans.
Nazi and American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun’s concept was part of The Gateway Foundation’s inspiration in building a space hotel. The company states the they expect the space station to be operational by 2025. They also plan to assemble the station in orbit using robots and drones.
Some might say that earth has enough beauty to fill a lifetime so why would you need to go anywhere else? But for others who dream of exploring new horizons away from the planet, a trip to a space hotel might be a possibility within the next few years.
The Gateway Foundation revealed numerous plans that detail the construction of a veritable resort in space.
The world’s first space hotel will have artificial gravity, bars, delicately designed interiors and full-fledged industrial kitchens. They plan to have the station visited by 100 tourists per week by 2025.
Tim Alatorre, designer of the project, wants to make traveling to space as common as travelling on a long distance flight.
Alatorre revealed in an interview with Dezeen:
“Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World,”
Space travel will at first be limited to the very rich he admits, but soon enough, it will become available to regular people too.
The Space Station will work closely with the International Space Station and use their existing technologies but will differ in one crucial aspect – the hotel will have artificial gravity, making long-term stay much more manageable.
The hotel will provide guests with about about a sixth of Earth’s gravity, and the company say it will add a “sense of direction and orientation that isn’t present in the ISS.” It would also mean that you could use the toilet, shower or eat food as you normally would.
The inspiration for the station was in part due to the concept of none other than Wernher von Braun.
Wernher von Braun was a top Nazi rocket scientist who was instrumental in developing the infamous V2 rocket. After WWII, he was drafted to NASA by the US government and beame a famous American scientist. The hotel will be a part of his complex legacy.
The station will be made of a giant wheel, 190 meters in diameter, which rotate, generating a gravitational force (similar in pull to the moon’s). 24 individual modules with sleeping and support facilities will be spaced out around the wheel on three seperate decks, providing accommodation for around 400 people.
Alatorre compares the hotel to a cruise ship. He said:
“…it will have many of the things you see on cruise ships: restaurants, bars, musical concerts, movie screenings, and educational seminars.”
“The dream of the Gateway Foundation is to create starship culture, where there is a permanent community of space-faring people living and working in Earth’s orbit and beyond,”
Some of the modules may be sold like condos with others available for scientific research to governments and corporations.
Tim Alatorre, designer of the project, explained that the hotels interior will be created using natural, modern materials as a substitute for stone and wood. They would be lightweight and easy to clean. With warm-colored lighting, and soft palette paints and textures, the overall feel of the hotel will be very homely.
The designers plan on creating a whole host of entertainment features up in the space hotel. Such things as low-gravity basketball, trampolining and rock climbing. Fancy a game of Quidditch?
So how will the station be built we hear you ask? The company plan to use innovative and cutting edge technologies to build automated systems such as drones and robots. These will then assemble the hotel while in orbit. It will also make use of GSAL, special space construction machinery developed by Orbital Construction.
Looking to the future, the Gateway Foundation sees the Von Braun Space Station as their proof of concept and in time, they intend to build bigger space stations as demand for space holidays will inevitable grow.
Their next class of station is called The Gateway and can accommodate more than 1,400 people.