Interspace Florida simulates the Martian landscape and gives visitors a taste of what it's like to be on Mars. (RENDERING/Interspace Florida)
TITUSVILLE In an area known for theme parks, here comes a new one that’s out of this world.
A Florida-based company is now aiming to build a Mars-themed land in Brevard County.
“It will be the largest simulated Mars environment in the world,” said Mark Homnick, President of 4Frontiers Corporation. “It’s over 22,000 square feet and there will be a Mars yard there where they can experience the surface of Mars.”
New Port Richey-based 4Frontiers Corporation is devoted to settling Mars.
Nearly a decade ago, Homnick and his team assembled 70 researchers, scientists and engineers to develop the technology required to settle the red planet.
“We feel we even know more about it than NASA,” said Homnick.
While they do want to go to Mars, the company decided in the meantime they should apply that technology to create a Martian landscape here on earth, and allow a limited number of guests to live and stay in the indoor Mars yard.
They call it Interspace Florida.
“Some of the guests can even elect to stay for several days on the surface,” said Homnick. “And they will be a settler, they’ll live and work just like a settler so they can experience life in the early space frontier, on Mars.”
The company’s subsidiary, NewSpace Center, LLC is just $10 million shy of its $80 million goal to begin construction on phase one, which will be located near I95 at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville.
The company hopes to begin construction next year, creating 200 direct and another 100 indirect jobs when it’s all finished.
"Most tourism today, people stop in this town for two to three hours at a time, and look at this and look at that," said Paul Kosieracki, a broker advising NewSpace Center. "I expect this to create an entire destination tourism."
If all goes as planned, Interspace Florida would open to the public in August 2016.
When Interspace Florida does open, there will be two options.
For about the same price as a ticket to Disney World, guests can explore the training center and spend a short time on Mars.
The more expensive option, about as much as a cruise, will allow guests to sleep and eat on the simulated Mars yard for two to four days.