When I read about the Orbital Assembly Corp.’s plans to begin construction on a space hotel in 2026, it didn’t occur to me to doubt that it would happen. I just imagined my first step, Neil Armstrong style, onto the jet bridge and felt my heart, legs and stomach all judder in real life. I wondered if I would be brave enough, given the chance, to take that second step.
This is the perfect cultural moment to dangle the Kennedy-era optimism of a space hotel before a country full of jumpy shut-ins. We’re as ready to flee as Andy Dufresne tunneling out of Shawshank State Prison and, man, do we need an escape.
Since a 3 1/2 day stay on the Voyager Station comes with a $5 million price tag, thinking about it is all many of us will ever do, but it’s still fun. It’s like when you put 67 things in your Etsy cart, and then just log off. As Debbie Harry sang, dreaming is free.
“It’s inspirational,” says hotel industry expert Anthony Melchiorri, co-host of the podcast “Checking in With Anthony and Glenn” and host of the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.” “And it’s aspirational. You want to go there, you want to do that…