The Gateway Foundation is building a space hotel inspired by the concepts of a Nazi rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun.
Does it sound like science fiction? Maybe. At the moment, the space station is expected to be operational by 2025. The company plans to assemble it into orbit, using robots and drones.
Von Braun Space Station
Built by the Gateway Foundation, the world's first space hotel will have gravity, bars, cozy interiors and full kitchens. They plan that the station be visited by about 100 tourists per week by 2025. Perhaps they sin of optimism: the good thing is that in a very short time we will be able to verify it.
The station will use existing technology in the International Space Station, but it will differ in a crucial aspect: the hotel will have artificial gravity, which will make the long-term stay much more enjoyable. Approximately, gravity will be one sixth of the Earth.
The ideas for the station were taken from nothing less than Wernher von Braun, hence its name. This was a leading Nazi scientist who developed the V2 rocket. After the war, NASA welcomed him and became a famous American scientist.
The station will be shaped like a giant wheel, 190 meters in diameter, that will turn to generate gravitational attraction. 24 individual modules with sleeping and support facilities will be distributed around the steering wheel on three decks, providing accommodation for about 400 people in total.
How will the station be built? By using automated systems such as drones and robots, while in orbit. It will also use GSAL, special space construction machinery developed by Orbital Construction.
Looking to the future, the Gateway Foundation sees the Von Braun Space Station As your proof of concept. They intend to build larger space stations as demand grows. We will see soon if all this has more science than science fiction.