HILTON Hotels has announced it will design the astronaut suites for the space station poised to replace the aging ISS.
The US hotel giant will help draw up plans for Starlab, a private station being developed by space exploration company Voyager.
In addition to designing hospitality suites, Hilton will design common areas and sleeping arrangements for the astronauts.
The hotel chain said it wants to “reinvent the human experience in space and make longer stays more comfortable.”
Voyager Space CEO and Chairman Dylan Taylor said Starlab will be more than just a destination.
“It will be an experience infinitely more unique and artistic through the innovation, expertise and global reach of the Hilton team,” he said.
Voyager and its operating company Nanoracks received $160 million from NASA in 2021 for the Starlab space station.
It is intended to replace the International Space Station, an orbiting laboratory that has orbited the Earth for over two decades.
The creaking station is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, and Nasa has announced it will decommission and orbit the outpost by 2031.
That gives Voyager and partner Lockheed Martin just a few years to start building its replacement.
Skylab will accommodate up to four astronauts and will house a state-of-the-art laboratory system and “science park”.
Like the ISS, it will be used to conduct vital research in zero-gravity conditions.
Nasa uses space experiments to test materials and equipment for use on Earth and for future missions to the Moon and Mars.
Voyager and Lockheed plan to put the first Starlab into operation in low-Earth orbit as early as 2027.
“For decades, discoveries in space have had a positive impact on life on Earth,” said Christopher Nassetta, Hilton CEO.
“Now, Hilton will have the opportunity to leverage this unique environment to enhance the guest experience wherever people travel.”
The partnership is the first of its kind among private stations in development.
However, both space and hospitality have long dreamed of the possibilities of a hotel in orbit.
Starlab is one of four being built by US companies with the help of Nasa contracts.
This isn’t the first time Hilton has ventured into space.
In 2019, it was the first hotel company to participate in research onboard the ISS.
The chain delivered a chocolate chip cookie that became the first food item to be baked in space in an experimental oven.
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