Stay on target Why cruise the Mediterranean when you can sail through the cosmos?Orion Span is taking reservations for a 12-day stay in its new out-of-this-world accommodation.The California-based aerospace company unveiled orbital community Aurora Station—expected to launch in late 2021 “as the world’s first luxury space hotel.”By early 2022, the service platform will host tourists, astronauts, space research, and manufacturing in low Earth orbit (LEO).So, you’ve got four years to scrounge up $9.5 million—”far below what others have paid to go to space,” according to the company website. (It’ll cost you an $80,000 deposit (per person) just to join the waitlist.)“Orion Span will carry on the phenomenal pioneering done by the ISS into the realm of permanent commercially viable orbital communities,” CEO Frank Bunger said, praising the “remarkable fear of human engineering” that is the International Space Station.Once at capacity, the company will simply launch another space station (via Orion Span)“It is the eighth wonder of the world. It hosts hundreds of scientific investigations per year from dozens of nations,” he wrote in a blog post. “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.”Bunger’s overflowing enthusiasm hasn’t translated into marketability—yet.While cosmic entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos regularly make headlines, small-business Orion Span has flown under the radar. (A difficult task for someone building a giant space station.)With little information available online (the company promised to release additional technical details “incrementally”), some folks remain unsure whether this is a late April Fool’s prank, or simply a hoax. Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter #OrionSpan #LuxuryHotelInSpace#FridayFeeling Sure, really good optics.Dear rich people, how about cleaning up the environment instead of blowing huge wads of fuck you money on vanity stuff. #NukesInSpace— Astorix (@Astorix23) April 6, 2018Orion Span did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.“Like any thriving community, we designed Aurora Station to grow and respond to market needs,” Bunger wrote on the company blog. “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 life in as you wish.”The station will host up to six people at a time—one or more of whom may be professional astronauts from global agencies. Guests are invited to grow food in space, participate in research, or simply sit back, relax, and “enjoy views that will blow your mind.” @WordsmithFL @DJSnM @NASASpaceflight @ChrisG_NSF Almost zero information provided in the website. Scam or serious? #orionspan #spacehotel https://t.co/pTQv3YUbIg— Thomas McConnon (@mcconnot2) April 6, 2018Others offered suggestions of better ways for well-heeled travelers to spend their money. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.