The facility which is being constructed by the Gateway Foundation, will be capable of hosting 100 people weekly and will probably be operational by 2025.
The design was inspired by Werner von Braun, a rocket scientist and space architect. The station will consist of 24 structural units joined together to form a 190-meter diameter circular assembly that will rotate creating the illusion of gravity. Each unit will have accommodation facilities, restaurants, bars and more recreational features.
The gravity field of the space station will initially be similar to that of the lunar's surface (about 16% of Earth's gravity). People will be able to perform their everyday activities without a problem. The station will also feature spaces with lower or even zero gravity where other activities (e.g. sports) will be fun.
The facility will also be used for other purposes. Some units will be utilized for scientific research while others will be sold to private stakeholders. The total population of the station is expected to be about 400 people.
The materials that will be used will aim to provide visitors with a feeling of hospitality. Advanced lightweight materials that will substitute stone and wood, will be sent into orbit and then be assembled by robots and drones.
According to Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station, the project will look more like a cruise ship rather than the Space Station presented in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," inspired by Stanley Kubrick. This way it will be much more attractive for visitors. "In the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's Space Station 5 is a sterile, white, museum-like hotel. While it made for a clearly futuristic feeling in the movie, in reality, it wasn't a very inviting space. As humans, we innately connect to natural materials and colors," Mr. Alatorre stated.
The aim of the Gateway Foundation is to establish another space station capable of hosting over 1400 residents by 2030. "Looking beyond 2030, the Von Braun Station is a proof of concept for the Gateway Foundation's next project which are a class of station called The Gateway, which will house over 1,400 people," Mr. Alatorre, added.
As regards the cost of such a trip, an exact price has not been defined yet, however, it will certainly be an expensive experience, especially in the first time period.