First ever luxury space hotel to launch

Staff writer

Tourists will soon have a new travel destination as Orion Span plans to open a luxury hotel in orbit 200 miles above the Earth in 2021.

The commercial space station will start accommodating guests in 2022.

It will include "private suites for two, the most number of windows ever created for spaceflight, weightlessness, and the world's only authentic astronaut experience".

A 12-day stay aboard 'Aurora Station' will start at £7.5m. Refundable deposits of £60k are already being accepted on the website of the company.

Guests will go through three months of pre-flight training, including an online certification program and in-person training at a facility in Houston.