California Construction Company Intends to Send Tourists to Space

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Robison Wells
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With more companies and countries getting a toe-hold into space, it's only natural that a massive construction project intends to make big profits from future tourist space travel.

With planning beginning in 2019, a California-based company, Gateway Foundation, began work on a cruise-ship-style hotel outfitted to orbit Earth. The original design, dubbed Voyager Station, resembled a spoked wheel with living quarters residing on the ring's outermost reaches. The 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey inferred that a spinning ring could create gravity in its outer extremities. The luxury liner's gravity will resemble that of the moon.

Originally, Gateway Foundation planned to launch its off-this-world hotel by 2027. But luxury space travel may be closer than you think; Orbital Assembly Corporation, led by John Blincow, a former pilot, expects to begin construction in 2026 and possibly send tourists to space in 2027.

Opposed to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tim Alatoorre, senior architect, said the film's aesthetic represents "a blueprint of what not to do. I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity, and so, purposefully, he [Kubrick] made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien."

Voyager Station will feature inviting rooms, bars, and restaurants. People will sleep in regular beds and take regular showers.

Alatoore says, like earth-bound luxury liners, Voyager Station will offer recreational activities that "highlight the fact that you're able to do things that you can't do on Earth. Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you'll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can't on Earth."

Orbital Assembly Corporation has not yet revealed the construction methods and manpower required to build such a structure; nevertheless, project planners intend to move forward on building the first tourist luxury liner in space.

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