Pack up the condoms, lube, and that one special rocket man outfit (you know the one we’re talking about), and then get ready to blast off into the final frontier of sex in space because a hotel in orbit might be opening as early as 2025.
Orbital Assembly Corporation
recently announced plans for the first habitable and privately-owned space facilities in orbit around the Earth, and the California-based company says its revolutionary design will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors. Their giant rotating ring design will even produce gravity, meaning no need for zero-gravity harnesses to aid in coupling with your partner while onboard.
The new Pioneer Station will house up to 28 people in five customizable pods configured on the ring of the station. The ring rotates around its center, in theory producing gravity. OAC claims their trademarked Gravity Ring architecture will produce a hybrid gravity environment from microgravity (Zero-G) to as much as 0.57-G.
“For the average person, being in space will be a sci-fi dream experience,” OAC’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Alatorre said in a press release, later adding that “Pioneer’s gravity experience will enable visitors to move around in weightless environments while eating or drinking out of a cup normally and sleeping without having to be attached to a bed. This is not possible in current space stations.”
In a 2019 interview with
, Alatorre used the concept of a spinning bucket of water to explain how the basic ring design can, in theory, produce gravity.
“The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water -- the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place,” he said.
Of course, space travel for tourists will be expensive. A three-night stay in the out-of-this-world property will set you back a cool $5 million. Let’s hope the world’s first space hotel will rent rooms by the hour for Pride.