When some attractions promised “out-of-this-world” experience, well, spoiler alert, they are lying to you. However, in the case of Gateway Foundation, the organization aren’t bullshitting if it promised you an out-of-this-world experience because, the Californian company’s planned Von Braun Station will be a functional space hotel. You read that right. A freaking space hotel! While companies like Virgin Galactic is making progress in space travel only, Gateway Foundation wants you to take a vacation in space.
The company’s ambition will see it constructing a rotating space station reminiscent that of spaceship Endurance from the 2014 movie Interstellar. The rotating “wheel” is, of course, necessary for the creation of artificial gravity. But that (the gravity) will only be more prominent on outer selection of the station, where else if you venture further into the center station, there will be little to no gravity. If you are interested, there’s an article on Medium which perfectly explains how the science of gravity on Endurance works.
Anywho, as far as Von Braun Station Space Hotel goes, it will be able to accommodate up to 450 people and features amenities like restaurants, movie screenings, rock climbing and a space-only exclusive low-gravity basket game. Well, you are going to need a lot of amenities and entertainment because, there aren’t a lot to see in space, are there? The company hopes to get it off the ground (and into space) by 2025. 2025? Well, that sure is a bold and optimistic ambitious, doesn’t it? Perhaps, a little too bold and ambitious.
Even NASA, which gets billions of dollars in funding, has projected its return to the Moon in 2024 and you can’t blame me for being skeptical that this giant-ass structure will be completed in 2025 and operational by 2027. TBH, I won’t be holding my breath for it. Well, not that I will be one of them who can afford it anyways.
In case you are super rich and harbor the desire to experience staying in space without having to go through hellish astronaut training, we suggest you keep breathing and hold out for it to actually materializes before making any decision. In the meantime, you can find out more at Gateway Foundation’s website, or continue reading to find a comprehensive video detailing how the company will make it happen.
Images: Gateway Foundation.