Because luxury accommodations on Earth may get boring after a while, one company is making it possible to book your next getaway in space.
That’s right. Axiom Space will be making possible an out-of-this-world excursion to the ISS to anyone with $55 million who doesn't mind waiting until 2020 to escape gravity for 10 days (or 15 weeks of mandatory astronaut training). The company also plans to send its own commercial space station into orbit for future travelers whose wanderlust may take them beyond the atmosphere.
So what does that $55 million cover? You will train with NASA astronauts who will make sure everything you learn is up to current spaceflight standards. After you survive training, you have to actually get blasted into space for the anti-gravity experience, and there are no discount tickets for a rocket launch (though companies like SpaceX are lowering the cost with reusable rocket stages). Then there’s everything needed to make you comfortable on board, and the rooms are more luxe than astronaut quarters. Don’t forget the spacecraft that will fly you back. So to answer that question, yes, this vacation package is all-inclusive.
“Axiom’s aim is for some of the most influential people on the planet to participate in science, industry and the arts on-orbit, while experiencing the ‘overview effect’ of seeing our fragile planet and all of humanity as a single unit,” the company recently said in a press release.
The future space station destined to someday act as a floating hotel will be connected to the ISS as it comes together, and then go off on its own when the ISS is deorbited. What Axiom dreams up will probably rival any hotel held down by gravity — not just because of the space factor, but also because Axiom has joined forces with architect and designer Philippe Starck. Just in case you’re not familiar with Starck, he’s the creative genius behind prestigious hotels such as the Mondrian in L.A., the Paramount in New York, and the Royal Monceau in Paris. His concepts for Axiom will blow your mind.
“This is a dream project for a creator like me with a genuine fascination for aviation and space exploration,” said Starck in statement. “The greatest human intelligence in the world focuses on space research. My vision for the Habitation Module on Axiom Station is to create a comfortable egg that is inviting with soft walls and a design perfectly in harmony with the values and movements of the human body in zero gravity.”
Axiom has a broader mission to make space more accessible, boost space commerce, and move manufacturing off Earth — think 3D-printed satellites.
Some advice for those wanting a Caribbean cruise alternative: Start saving now.
(via Axiom Space)