World’s first space hotel in low Earth orbit will feature restaurants and cinema

Ever wondered what it's like living in space?

Now the world's first space hotel will begin construction and it'll feature so many things.

The work is due to start in low Earth orbit in 2025 and it'll come with restaurants, a cinema, spa and rooms for 400 guests.

Developed by the Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), the Voyager Station could be operational as early as 2027.

This space station is going to be a large circle and will rotate to generate artificial gravity.

The Voyager Station's hotel will include many features that you're likely to find on a cruise ship.

It will feature a series of pods attached to the outside of the rotating ring and some of these could be sold for space research.

Details of the cost to build the station remain unknown and there's no idea how much you'll have to spend to stay a night.

But OAC say the costs are getting cheaper thanks to reusable launch vehicles like the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the future Starship.

The Voyager Class will be made up of a series of rings, with a number of "modules" attached to the outermost of the rings.

Some of these 24 modules will run by the Gateway Foundation and it'll be for things like crew quarters, air, water and power.

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It will also include a gym, kitchen, restaurant, bar and other essential facilities for people due to be on the station longer term.

The other modules will be leased or sold to private companies and governments.

Government agencies could use the station to house their own science module or as a training centre for astronauts.

The idea of an orbiting space station goes back to the earliest days of space travel, an idea by Wernher von Braun.

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The concept for the Voyager station first came about in 2012 with the launch of the Gateway Foundation.

Firstly the team plan to test the concept with a much smaller scale prototype station and a free-flying microgravity facility similar to the International Space Station.

John Blincow, founder of the Gateway Foundation, said: "This will be the next industrial revolution."

He claimed it's "vital" to have rotation as it isn't viable to have people on space station without gravity for long periods of time.

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He added: "People need gravity so their bodies won't fall apart."

John explained how the station can help understand just how much gravity our bodies need as it will be able to increase or decrease the rate of rotation to have higher or lower gravity.

And when the testing is complete a robot named STAR – Structure Truss Assembly Robot – will build the frame for Voyager in orbi.

While the hotel is the initial goal of the artificial gravity space station, the company hope to lease pod space to agencies including NASA and ESA in future.

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