With all the technological advancements that humanity has been making in the recent decades, we've all been wondering what could possibly come next. Flying cars? Mind-reading robots? According to recent headlines, the latest idea that's being introduced to the world is "space tourism."
That's right: get ready to add a new place to your travel bucket list. According to a California-based company called Orbital Assembly Corporation, there's been an increasing demand for space tourism. The company announced that it plans to grant the public its wishes within the coming years by opening a space hotel that could provide accommodation to up to 28 guests at a time. The news has us asking the same question as everyone else: when will the space hotel be open for business?
It seems we don't have to wait too long; the facility is expected to officially open in 2025. The first of these space stations set to operate has been given the name Pioneer-class, and has been referred to as the "world's first and largest hybrid space stations for both work and stay." And a sneak peek of the station, provided to us by Orbital, reminds us a little of the ships we saw in the Star Wars movies. But make no mistake, the conditions at the facilities being developed by Orbital are far more advanced than what we've seen in any movies...
According to the company, it's working to create facilities that will provide a "hybrid environment" of both Zero-G 'microgravity' "and variable levels of gravity up to .57-G." After all, it wouldn't exactly be a smooth visit if guests at the facility weren't able to drink water out of a cup properly or had to sleep strapped to the bed because of gravitational forces. So it seems we'll have to be patient while Orbital finishes studying the effects of artificial gravity with the help of a former NASA astronaut. But from what we can tell, for those who were over the moon (no pun intended) after hearing the news, it'll probably be well worth the wait. Be sure to stay tuned.