It’s 50 years since man first stepped on the moon, and we’re still harboring dreams of escaping life on Earth for the mysteries of space.



If a career as an astronaut isnt for you, perhaps the promise of a sojourn in a space hotel might be appealing.





Californian company The Gateway Foundation has released plans for the Von Braun Station, a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.



The aim is to get the hotel off the ground by 2025 and make it fully operational for travel by 2027.



According to digitally rendered video and images released by the Gateway Foundation, the station resembles a rotating wheel, comprised of 24 modules, orbiting the Earth.



Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation, says the rotating wheel would create a simulated gravity.





The Gateway Foundations hotel design is named for Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States.



The basic physics of the station haven't changed since the 1950s, the way the station rotates, says Alatorre.



The main difference is the modern materials - new metal alloys, carbon composites, 3D printing and launch pad technology that, says Alatorre, make a space hotel more probable in our current era.





Meanwhile, Aurora Station says a stay in its space hotel will cost an eyewatering $9.5 million.



Price wise, in the early phases the Von Braun hotel will also be catering to those with dollars to spend, but the foundation is hoping to make it equivalent to a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland.



Aurora Station aims to sleep just 12, whereas the Von Braun Station will sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450.



So what will Von Braun Station be like inside?



Alatorre says the hotels aesthetic was a direct response to the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey - just maybe not in the way you might think



I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien.





Instead, Alatorre wanted to bring a slice of earth to space, to avoid a laboratorial, overly Star Trek-esque feel.



On board, therell be warm suites with carpets and stylish monochrome touches and chic bars that wouldnt look out of place back on Earth, just with star-gazing views.



There will also be plenty of fun recreational activities for guest to enjoy, says Alatorre.



“We’re going to have a number of different recreation activities and games that’ll highlight the fact that you’re able to do things that you can’t do on Earth,” he says. “Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you’ll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can’t on Earth.”



Given the design is still exactly that - just a design - there are some questions that remain unanswered about how the space hotel will function in actuality.



For example, its been suggested that living in low gravity for an extended period of time is damaging to the human body. While vacationers will probably only visit the hotel for a few weeks, staff will plan to be there for six months to a year.



Theyll adjust schedules as needed, says Alatorre, but right now, the foundation thinks this proposition would be perfectly safe.



Theres also the sustainability question, as people look for more eco-friendly vacations, surely going to space is not the solution?





Alatorre points to SpaceXs Raptor engine, which uses methane instead of petroleum-based fuel, suggesting eco-friendly rocket designs are the future.



“On the station itself, it’s going to be about the most environmentally friendly vacation you’ll ever have. Because we’re recycling everything,” says Alatorre.



Theres no amount of water or trash or waste that is going to be discarded, everything will be recycled, reused, stored, converted to some other form.



Terrestrial construction on the Gateway Foundations project is set to begin October 1, 2019.