The project is being developed by Orion Span which says its team of space industry veterans have more than 140 years of human space experience.
Described as the first fully modular space station to debut, Aurora Station will host six people at a time - including two crew members. Space travellers will "enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey, starting at $9.5 million per person".
Deposits are now being accepted for a future stay on Aurora Station. The fully refundable deposit is $80,000 per person.
"We developed Aurora Station to provide a turnkey destination in space. Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travellers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience," said Frank Bunger, chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span. "Orion Span has additionally taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travellers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost. Our goal is to make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at lower cost."
Prior to take-off, those set to travel on Aurora Station will undergo a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC). Phase one of the certification program is done online followed by an in-person phase at Orion Span's training facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification is completed during a traveller's stay on Aurora Station.
"Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel," Bunger added. "We will offer full charters to space agencies who are looking to achieve human spaceflight in orbit for a fraction of the cost - and only pay for what they use. We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing. Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth. We will later sell dedicated modules as the world's first condominiums in space. Future Aurora owners can live in, visit, or sublease their space condo. This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way."