Hilton will partner with Voyager Space to design living quarters for astronauts on its Starlab commercial space station, the companies announced Tuesday.
According to the companies’ press release, the hotel giant will work with the private space technology firm to develop communal areas, hospitality suites and accommodations for the astronauts on Starlab. He said they would “explore opportunities” to work together on “the space astronaut experience from the ground up”, worldwide marketing, tourism and other efforts.
Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta said in a statement that the company is “thrilled” to collaborate with Voyager Spaces and that the partnership underscores its commitment to “spread the light and warmth of hospitality and provide a friendly, reliable stay – whether on the ground or in outer space.”
“Starlab will be more than just a destination, it will be an infinitely more unique and artistic experience with the innovation, expertise and global reach of the Hilton team,” Voyager Space CEO Dylan Taylor said in a statement. “Voyager and Hilton are fully focused on creating innovative solutions for the future of humanity, and this partnership opens new doors for comfort-focused space exploration and habitat.”
NanoRacks, Lockheed Martin and Voyager Space announce their collaboration to create Starlab, whichHey describe as the first free-flying Commercial space station, in October 2021.
According to Lockheed Martin, the planned space station is designed to host four astronauts at a time and features a laboratory system for scientific research and construction. It will also support tourism and other business endeavors.
In December, NASA said it had awarded $160 million To develop the Nanoracks a space station design as part of the agency’s effort to maintain a US presence in space while phasing out the International Space Station. Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman also received funding for their own space station concepts.
According to Lockheed Martin, Starlab is expected to be operational by 2027.