To understand the new defining moment that we have arrived at today, let's take a brief trip back in time to understand the journey that brought us here. Look back into the late 1970s. By then, the rapid charge into space from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions had evolved into a new dream. At that unique crossroads in history - and with the Space Race fading over the horizon - a new era of international cooperation between former enemies was dawning.
It was the first time in human history that former sworn enemies - who had fought a vicious war only 30 years earlier – came together to do something that critics said was impossible and that the world had never seen before: an internationally-shared and governed space station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The agreements themselves were a remarkable validation of our shared humanity- we weren't just Americans, Canadians, Europeans, Japanese, or Russians, we were all human beings from a pale blue dot. We shared a natural drive and curiosity. We wanted to make sense of the vast universe around us. We wanted to begin to realize our destiny in the stars. These were the origins of the International Space Station (ISS).
The ISS became and continues to be a remarkable feat of human engineering. It is the 8th wonder of the world. It hosts hundreds of scientific investigations per year from dozens of nations. It continues to give rise to new discoveries and even entire new areas of science like human space studies- critical for us to deeply understand as we extend human civilization beyond our birthplace.
Today, the progression of space up to the ISS has led us to a new defining moment. With technologically-driven innovation improving LEO access rapidly, costs falling, and learnings from the ISS, the time has now come to build permanent commercially-viable orbital communities.
Orion Span will carry on the phenomenal pioneering done by the ISS into the realm of permanent commercially-viable orbital communities. A place where market forces drive outcomes and LEO endeavors must “live” to be sustainable. Then, the exceptional talents & capabilities of NASA, ESA, JAXA, and Roscosmos - that gave birth to LEO - can continue to push the boundaries of human potential in our solar system and beyond, one day giving rise to new human communities in far distant destinations and other possibilities that we can’t even yet imagine.
To that end, Orion Span has developed proprietary technology to drive a full order of magnitude of cost out of the design & manufacture of space station. We’re proud to announce Aurora Station – our first orbital community - will launch in late 2021 as the world's first luxury space hotel. By early 2022, we will be hosting tourists, astronauts, space research, and manufacturing on board Aurora Station in LEO.
Like any thriving community, we designed Aurora Station to grow and respond to market needs. When we reach capacity, we simply launch another of the same space station and attach it on Aurora's radial hub. As Aurora Station continues to grow with market demand, we will also sell space condos – your own capacity aboard Aurora Station and future space stations to visit, sublease, or one day live in as you wish.
I invite you to follow us, tell your friends, and stand with us on this journey. And I look forward to welcoming you aboard Aurora Station one day.
CEO & Founder