You may soon be able to take a vacation in space.
A California-based company plans to build a cruise ship-style vacation destination that orbits around the Earth. And, it could be finished soon.
CNN reports The Gateway Foundation wants to construct the Von Braun Station, and the goal is to have it floating along by 2025 -- with it fully operational by 2027.
NBC News says the spacecraft will be large enough to hold a pair of hotels and house 100 guests -- along with possibly three times as many crew members. It will feature restaurants, gyms and even sports and concert venues, according to NBC.
The facility will have an orbiting wheel design that will simulate gravity. The plan is to name the station after aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun, who worked in the Nazi rocket development program before joining the Apollo program in the U.S. The reason for the name is because the station would be based on designs Braun developed six decades earlier.
The Gateway Foundation isn't the only organization looking into commercial space travel. According to NBC News, NASA could open the International Space Station to tourists as early as 2020.
Earlier this year, a space tech startup called Orion Span released plans for a different luxury hotel called Aurora Station, CNN says. According to the cable network, that one could be ready to launch in 2022. CNN says a trip to the Aurora Station will cost a shocking $9.5 million. Aurora Station will be smaller and have room for just 12 people to sleep, according to CNN. The much larger Von Braun Station, on the other hand, is hoping to make a stay at its facility more affordable for the average family -- possibly closer to the cost of a cruise.
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