However, business seems to be booming because this crew has just announced their most futuristic idea yet, Echo, their third and possibly most out-of-this-world concept yet. To understand a bit more about what's going on here, Patrick Woodhead, CEO & Founder of White Desert, says, "The inspiration behind Echo Base comes from too many years of watching Star Wars as a kid. I loved the style and vision of how they perceived the future would be in the 1970s." Take those words, add a few millions of dollars, sprinkle in some luxuries, and we have Echo.
Imagine this for a moment. It's 3 am, and you're in Cape Town, South Africa, waiting on your transfer to Echo. On the flight, you're pampered and served, as you should be after spending $65K on a five-day stay. Finally, with the sun on the horizon, you arrive at a private airstrip in the middle of a landscape that looks a lot like Hoth. There, in the middle of it all, sits a central compound with four wings and six prefabricated dome structures, the Sky Pods, and your living space for the next few days.
Since White Desert isn't an architectural team, the habitats are designed and built by Skulpod, a crew from South Africa. They're responsible for the off-world shells, but the interiors are a joint effort between the two companies.
Just imagine waking up in a place devoid of buildings, noisy cars, honking horns, and the first thing you see is a white landscape with mountains in the distance; the sun warms your freshly woken face. You look around the room and see velvets, woods, composites, and LED lighting create your temporary abode, all aimed at emulating a "space station" feel.
As I dove deeper into this project, it soon became apparent that Echo isn't just a place to enjoy the finer luxuries in life. It also doubles as a research center, allowing for teams of scientists to explore, conduct experiments, and study a fleeting natural habitat before it's gone. Oh, and don't worry about carbon footprints; all activities carried out during your stay will be as green as possible.
At the end of the day, $65K does seem like an attainable target for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Maybe you get in cahoots with the White Desert team and become a brand ambassador; whatever is needed to experience such a setting.