Plans are already underway for the Von Braun space hotel, a rotating space station that will orbit the Earth and house tourists and researchers. The Gateway Foundation says that it will be up and running by 2025, but we have serious doubts about that. We think you're going to have to keep your holidays Earth-bound for now.
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Getting bored of going to the same old holiday destinations? Want something a little more exotic? Well, your wish might be granted in 2025, because The Gateway Foundation is planning to build a hotel in space in a mere five years.
The Gateway Foundation is a private company that wants to build the first spaceport. The spaceport, called the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, will orbit around Earth and will be a place for researchers and tourists to enjoy an out of this world experience.
The Gateway Foundation seems fairly confident that the space hotel will be ready for visitors by 2025, but that seems a little far fetched to us, considering that there are only six astronauts in space at the moment. With the way things are going, it looks like space tourism is still a long way away.
If all goes to plan, the Von Braun station will be the biggest human-made structure in space, holding up to 450 people. The station is inspired by the ideas of Wernher von Braun, who pioneered and popularized the idea of human spaceflight. The architect of the Von Braun station also cites science fiction films from the past 50 years as inspiration for the design of the station, which will be a rotating wheel shape.
Artificial gravity will be produced on board, but there will also be areas where passengers can float around in zero gravity. The concept for the space station is to provide many different amenities for the passengers, including restaurants, bars, sports, concerts and more.
The Von Braun Station is a nice idea, but is it actually possible? Between NASA and SpaceX, space travel is seemingly going to become more affordable and accessible. But by 2025? Well, the Gateway Foundation admits that the timeline is pushing it a bit. Commercial airplanes tend to take around ten years to build, so to construct a building that will house 450 people in space will most definitely take longer than that.
When it comes down to it, the Von Braun Station is going to take time and cost a lot of money. There are also many factors to consider. Like any hotel, staff will need to stay there long term - and we all know that staying in space for an extended period of time does weird and bad things to your body. There's also the fact that Wernher von Braun was a member of the Nazi party, which could turn a lot of people off.
All in all, I think it's safe to say that we won't be holidaying in space by 2025. Lets get back to it in 2035.
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